How Can Tree Roots Damage Your Home?

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How Can Tree Roots Damage Your Home?

Trees are magnificent plants, and their roots go deeper into the ground than you may think. This means they are capable of doing some damage to your home and other structures on your property. Roots have minds of their own! Here are some reasons why tree roots can harm your property:

Damaging Your Home’s Foundation

When your tree’s roots are looking for a water supply, they can end up damaging your foundation. This can happen because of the soil moving around in the ground where your foundation lies. They won’t damage your foundation on their own, and it will take some time, but these roots can pose some harm. If you have an older home, you may be more likely to see foundation damage from roots. Cracks in your home’s foundation can be the biggest sign. You may also have random cracks in your windows from what seems to be nothing. 

Landscape Damage

As trees age, their roots become more prominent through dirt and soil. If you have a few trees in close proximity to each other, chances are that they will end up competing for nutrients. The roots of these trees will eventually intertwine as they are moving around your yard in search of water and other nutrients. If you have patios, a walkway, or any other concrete, asphalt, or stone in your yard, the roots can cause them to crack and break.

Plumbing Issues

Tree roots naturally make their way to your plumbing system because it is a known water source for them. Invasive species of trees such as maples, willows, and aspens have systems of roots that seem endless and will go after any water source. The last thing you want to happen is for the roots to completely block the pipes and make them not able to work correctly anymore. Some signs that roots are your plumbing issue could be anything from water pressure changes, clogged drains that don’t unclog with a plunger or anything else, or even drains that randomly flow slower than usual. When plumbing issues from roots arise, you rarely have to kill the whole tree to fix it. You can have the portion of the tree removed wherever it is needed. 

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Dudley Tree has the knowledge and expertise to help you with any of your tree issues. If you need tree removal, pruning, trimming, or anything else for your trees, we can take care of it. Contact us to learn more about what our tree services can do for you. Call us today or fill out our contact form to get in touch! We are more than happy to help!

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Everything To Know About Fall Foliage

Trees are some of the biggest mysteries to the average person. One of the most defining moments of changing seasons from Summer to Fall is leaf color change in New England. Why does New England get to experience foliage, and how do these leaves end up changing from green to many different other colors each year? Why do some trees not change colors?

How Does The Color Change Happen?

During the spring and summer months, chlorophyll hides any other pigment that is on the leaves. So, the colors are there but are covered by the green. When fall comes around, trees will break down the green pigment, as well as the nutrients. The nutrients are stored back into the trunk of the tree for when spring comes around again. After these nutrients leave the leaves, their fall colors will show! Some leaves end up turning completely brown, which means all of the nutrients are gone.

Hardwood Trees

Hardwood trees are the ones famous for their color-changing leaves. These trees are primarily found in New England and the Midwest. Many scientists believe that the colors the leaves take serve as a “sunscreen” to the tree, filtering out light. Although situated outdoors, trees can only take so much sun without any consequences. Like humans, leaves can be sunburnt and become damaged. 

Rain Affects Leaf Color

The amount of rain that falls during the year will determine how well leaf colors appear to change during autumn. When it’s a warm and wet fall, there will be a lower intensity of lead colors. A harsh frost will kill the leaves and turn them brown, causing them to fall off the trees early. The best leaf colors appear when it’s a warm and wet spring or when the summer isn’t too dry.

Why Do Leaves Fall Off Their Trees?

The roots, branches, and trunks of trees can withhold the freezing fall and winter weather but leaves as lucky. As the sun sets early and rises later, the veins that hold the leaves to the branches begin to close, and the separation layer forms at the base of the stem. This causes the leaf to fall. 

Why Don’t Evergreen Trees Change Colors?

Evergreen trees are forever-green, meaning they don’t change during the fall. Evergreen trees have needles that are coated in wax, and the fluids inside don’t allow them to freeze. These trees can go years without having fallen needles and leaves, and when that happens, they grow new ones.

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