Yes. This is certainly possible. When you select trees to go around your home, you always want to select ones that do not have an extensive root system. Before purchasing, it is helpful to speak with an expert to understand what kind of root system particular tree have because they can destroy your property.

Trees that you should not plant near your home

You should never plant trees that have long, lateral roots near your home. Trees with roots like this can get under your structure and force it upwards. This happens when the roots become saturated with water, pull moisture out of the soil and begin damaging your foundation.

The best selection is always trees that have tap roots. This includes oaks, walnut trees, hickory, and conifers. Trees that you should avoid include maples, ash trees, and cottonwoods.


Choosing the distance where you should plant a tree

The safe distance for planting is a minimum of 15 feet. If you plant a tree that has a large root system, you should plant no less than 25 feet away from your house. The farther away that you plant the tree the better. The reason for this is that the root system can be 2 to 4 times greater.

Roots can cause additional harm beyond just the foundation. They can affect underground utilities, driveways, and sidewalks. In some instances, it is beneficial to install a root barrier to protect your home from being affected.