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Far too close to the house.they become huge, cause problems, it should be removed now.you can prune them for the new foliage each year buton balance remove.Ispeak from experience, very expensive to remove and the timber no good for the fire.
Couldn't agree more. The roots will pillage your foundations. They can wreak havoc with drains and sewerage pipes too.
You have to dig it up now., eucalyptus grow fast. I've seen so many planted too close to houses one requiring professional removal
Gembo, my own experience of a eucalyptus tree is the total opposite of other posters. They only become huge if you don't prune them. Have one about 8 metres from house which has been there for 15 years or more. Keep it to about 6ft and it has caused no problems whatsoever.
It depends on the variety. There are many, many hundreds of them, including small varieties that don't get beyond about 6 feet fully mature. The growth rate of Gembo's suggests it's not one of the small ones.
Any idea of the variety, Gembo?
We seem obsessed with this "No planting a tree near a house". If the house is on a concrete raft, as most new houses are, then the roots will not penetrate. On heavy clay a big tree will suck a lot of water out of the soil and cause shrinkage of the clay,but if it is on sandy soil it is less likely.
I have spent a lot of time in Australia,and they use eucalyptus as street trees all the time. They don't seem to have a problem, but they are mainly sandy soils.
The most common eucalypt in this country is E. gunnii. This responds well to being pruned down low each year, forming a nice bush with round decorative leaves.
Yes, I noticed that when I was in Sydney earlier this year. Every house had trees for shade planted right up against the house. I think the drains are more vulnerable than the foundations. And many roads had trees planted along them for shade too .
But it is best practice not to plant nearer the house than the eventual height of the mature tree.
I don't profess to knowing much about gardening but, as you say FB, kept prunned the Eucalyptus is a really nice tree to have. I love the backdrop it gives. It still has the small rounded leaves as I cut it to 6ft every year. Actually, it's only 4ft at the moment as son went to town on it! Was a small bush when I bought it. Oh, and I have clay soil!
I'm confused. I've just seen an advert for the big knit. Innocent smoothies want people to knit a small hat and send it in,and they will donate 10p per hat to age uk.-- Up to a maximum of 20,000 hats.
By my reckoning thats £2000 to age uk. and at least £10,000 to Royal Mail for 2nd class stamps. Not to mention the cost of advertising on tv.
Wouldn't it be better to donate direct and cut out the middle man. Its not as if these hats will be of any use other than as egg cosies. Even squares for blankets would be of more use as they could be made into blankets.
Sorry wrong thread, that should be on the rant thread.
let's find it fidget!
Welshonion, I spent the first 45 years of my life there. Some tree roots aren't a problem. Many are, and not just eucalypts. For whatever reason, people still plant the wrong trees too close to houses and wonder why they pay the price. Our last house in Sydney had an established garden when we bought it. It cost us hundreds of dollars a year to clear and repair drains and we had to take out a tree that started invading the foundations.
I won't start on the number of footpaths lifted by tree roots. Funnily enough, it's very common here in Italy too.
Look, eucalyptus grows so fast, a replacement planted further away from the house would be a sensible decision. I cut eucalyptus every year down to ground level ...then you get those juvenile, blue leaves. Of course I am talking about Gunnii which I think is the best for stooling.
Not best practice to plant any tree too near a building. Forget for a year or few and, before you know it, you have a problem.
Gambo said a girth of 3 or 4" so it's getting bit chunky.
And another tree bites the dust - what a shame.