Tree Roots Can Move Small Retaining Walls – Landscaping Design Tips




Click on this link for more information about landscaping, design and repairs. I’ve seen this happen plenty of times, but this video isn’t for me, it’s for those who haven’t or are thinking about planting trees next to a retaining wall. I’ve seen tree roots raise small and large retaining walls and force them to move and crack, often creating problems for property owners as trees grow and become larger.

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9 Comments

  1. jasonmushersee
    May 26, 2016
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    you should see what happens when tree roots find their way into the joints of old cast iron septic pipes

  2. fasterthings
    May 27, 2016
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    I have a question. Do you have some tips on what to look for when buying an old house? Thanks!

  3. Maxima
    May 28, 2016
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    great video. people never understand where to plant trees or what size. ive also see numerous patios and driveways destroyed due to roots.

  4. Peter Wylie
    July 18, 2017
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    Helpful information, thank you.  I need to build a small 3ft retaining wall beside some existing trees with roots at where I would want to put the wall base.  Have you any tips on what I could do to prevent future damage?

  5. Tony MTA
    September 5, 2017
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    I bought house 3 months ago ,and I found cracks on my foundation ugly one 1/2 inches wide and on one corner is one tree medium size is only one foot from the fundation…maybe that is the cracks reason

  6. gifty singh
    September 14, 2017
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    thanks for this video

  7. Hayley Van Twest
    October 1, 2017
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    How big are the roots of a travellers palm? Can they damage the foundation of a house or pool if too close?

  8. Patti Hayden
    October 18, 2017
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    I have a pine tree 3 feet off my block wall. I’ve noticed over the past year or so that the dirt level is raising around it. I’ve been doing a slow deep water a few times a week during the summer and monthly during the winter. I live in Las Vegas btw. Should I be concerned about the raising of the dirt? Thanks

  9. A145084 DAVE
    November 13, 2017
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    What is a solution without harming the tree?

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