When planting a tree, consider more than just beauty and shade. If the wrong type of tree is planted near a right of way, as the tree matures and the roots grow, the tree can cause damage to streets, sidewalks or a home’s infrastructure.
To avoid these problems, work with landscapers and arborists to pick trees with noninvasive root systems, such as Nellie Stevens holly or crape myrtle.
Near right of ways, it’s best to plant trees that won’t grow more than 30 feet tall. Also, review your county’s list of suggested tree species as you make your landscape plans.
– Tyree Brown, Rizzetta & Company