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Plants to avoid growing near houses

Discover which thirsty, fast-growing plants should be sited away from the house.

Before planting a tree close to your house, it’s important to check that it won’t, ultimately, cause damage to your property.

Many trees require high volumes of water to sustain their growth. This can be a problem on clay soils that shrink as they lose water, as this can affect house foundations and put the house at risk of subsidence. Equally, removing large trees and shrubs can also damage foundations as soils can swell when the plants once drawing in water are no longer there.

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