Use Trees to Prevent Flooding

Trees are amazing. Their leaves are beautiful, the create shade where we can cool off in the hot summer months, and let’s not forget they make our air breathable. Did you realize that trees can be used to reduce localized flooding because of their extensive root system and need for water? They are happy to soak up pesky rain water! Don’t believe us? Check out the EPA: http://bit.ly/3hBuBRV.

Before you decide to plant a forest around your home, consider:

  • The existing trees- plant a variety for aesthetic appeal and so one disease doesn’t wipe them all out
  • Any overhead utilities- you may end up pruning your tree frequently
  • Any paved areas- stay at least 5 feet from pavement; we don’t want a new driveway due to tree roots
  • Any underground installations- tree roots get into sprinkler systems and septic systems
  • The shade- will it fall where you want it to? will it be so dense that it kills your grass?
  • Any seasonal droppings- will acorns or walnuts bother you? are you allergic to cottonwood?

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