How to avoid trees and plants from damaging your drains

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There has been a lot of press over recent years surrounding how Japanese Knotweed can have an impact not only on the health of your soil but also on your building and the drains and sewers that surround it. This is because its roots are incredibly strong and it can penetrate even though cement. This can also occur with other plants and in particular trees. When you drainage pipes are damaged it can lead to problems with your home drains flowing freely and can result in you needing Drainage Cleaning from a company such as Wilkinson ENV

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Here are some of the things that you need to think about when planting trees and other large shrubs in your garden.

  • Planning – take the time to plan out your landscaping and planting ideas and think about where your drainage systems lie in your garden. If you are unsure where this is you can either look at your property maps from when you purchased your home or contact a professional company who would be able to give you some more advice.
  • Species research – make sure that you research the species of plant that you are thinking of buying and check to see how big it is likely to grow. A good rule of thumb is to look at how tall a plant will get along with the spread of its canopy. This then often translates to the depth and width that the root network will travel.

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  • Monitoring – make sure that you monitor the growth of any plants that you have and regularly trim them back and look for any obvious signs of damage to your property and the ground surrounding it.

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