While some Texas concrete foundation repair companies tell us that trees living too close to the house can cause major foundation problems there is a pretty famous garden and landscape expert in the Dallas area who begs to differ.
I’ve heard him say as much on his radio show and the following represents a typical Q&A:
Question: I am considering planting a Shantung maple in an area near a driveway on one side and a house slab on the other.
What is your opinion of this maple’s root system regarding depth, surface roots or possible damage to the house slab?
Answer: Shantung maple roots are no more damaging than other trees, probably less than many. However, the whole “roots damage foundations” scare is greatly overblown. Rarely do tree roots hurt foundations.
Obviously a huge tree right next to the house nudging the concrete foundation will cause problems. Foundation repair companies are right to point out that tree roots can get into the plumbing under the slab, making any leaks worse, and give you slab trouble.
And trees that are notorious for sucking all the moisture they can get to out of the soil like willows and salt cedars should be kept a “fer piece” from the casa.