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tractng 10-19-2009 10:59 AM

Palm tree near house
 
I bought a palm (asian palm - looks like a banana tree)tree at Home Depot yesterday. The tree is planted 1 foot away from the house.

The label on the tree says it will grow around 6 ft tall. Right now, its already 5 feet tall. It came from a 2 gallon container.

Do I have any concern about the roots getting too big and causing some damage near the foundation :)?

I don't have a lot of width area in my plant area.

Tnt

Cork-Guy 10-19-2009 04:31 PM

Well, I don't think it will do much damage if you keep it watered properly, roots tend to go sideways and upwards from a lack of water. Keep it watered well and you "shouldn't" have any problems, however we cannot control nature :D

tractng 10-19-2009 05:43 PM

Thanks cork-guy.

tnt

kwmainer 12-03-2009 09:33 PM

Space on Palm Tree
 
Hi back... saw this post...

I live in South Florida. We have several palms in our yard. Back when we bought the house, we had an issue with the landscaping. The previous owner had planted fruit tree seeds and palm seedlings 1 to 2' away from the house. That was fine for 15 years, but by the time we got the house... the palms (sago, cabbage, areca, royal, etc.) had matured. The palm trunks and branches were in some cases rubbing on the siding/frame of the house. Also carpenter ants had made nests in the trees and then traveled up the trunk, onto the long fronds and onto our wood frame 2nd story! (the trees made a bridge up to the house they were so close).

We had to pay a friend of ours to come pull them out and replant them out in the back "10-40" yard. Two of them were so infested with ants and termites that we cut them up and stacked them in the swale for the town to trash.

That's our story.

Based on my experiences with that... I'd suggest that you don't plant trees (any trees/palms) a mere foot away from your house. Of course, I don't know how much further out you can go - since you said that you didn't have a whole lot of room.

There are a lot of quick and dirty landscape companies that do the landscaping for the many 'up overnight' Devosta, zero lot line homes. I've noticed that they plant trees right up next to the houses in many cases. I would bet that since the houses will usually get flipped... both the new owners and/or the landscapers really don't think (possibly don't care) about what the trees will do in 10 to 15 years.

Just some thoughts...

tractng 12-25-2009 10:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kwmainer (Post 37380)
Hi back... saw this post...

I live in South Florida. We have several palms in our yard. Back when we bought the house, we had an issue with the landscaping. The previous owner had planted fruit tree seeds and palm seedlings 1 to 2' away from the house. That was fine for 15 years, but by the time we got the house... the palms (sago, cabbage, areca, royal, etc.) had matured. The palm trunks and branches were in some cases rubbing on the siding/frame of the house. Also carpenter ants had made nests in the trees and then traveled up the trunk, onto the long fronds and onto our wood frame 2nd story! (the trees made a bridge up to the house they were so close).

We had to pay a friend of ours to come pull them out and replant them out in the back "10-40" yard. Two of them were so infested with ants and termites that we cut them up and stacked them in the swale for the town to trash.

That's our story.

Based on my experiences with that... I'd suggest that you don't plant trees (any trees/palms) a mere foot away from your house. Of course, I don't know how much further out you can go - since you said that you didn't have a whole lot of room.

There are a lot of quick and dirty landscape companies that do the landscaping for the many 'up overnight' Devosta, zero lot line homes. I've noticed that they plant trees right up next to the houses in many cases. I would bet that since the houses will usually get flipped... both the new owners and/or the landscapers really don't think (possibly don't care) about what the trees will do in 10 to 15 years.

Just some thoughts...

Interesting.. I went ahead and planted them but would trim when needed.


Tnt


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