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Tree felled and possible heave?

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Pinklemon Thu 13-Mar-14 22:05:06

Today I 've someone came to fell a 15ft conifer, which is 8m away from the house. I was worried about possible heave but he reassured me it's OK because the conifer is quite a distance away from the house. Now all that left is a stump. The soil is either clay or sand/gravel. Now I'm very worried just in case he's wrong. What do you think?

AClassyMove Thu 13-Mar-14 22:30:03

You need to work out what type of soil you do have, you don't seem to know, so find out.

LaurieFairyCake Thu 13-Mar-14 22:33:03

I think it will be fine. I have clay and had a 30 foot conifer removed which was less than 10 feet from my back door - since then I've had an extension built and there were no roots in that 10 feet.

PigletJohn Fri 14-Mar-14 01:30:25

The distance from the house exceeds the height if the tree, which as a rule of thumb is OK.

Modern houses have deeper foundations than old ones (unless you have a cellar).

Pinklemon Fri 14-Mar-14 07:40:19

Pigletjohn, my house is built in the 1950s and I think the tree was planted about 20 years ago. Does that make heave unlikely?

PigletJohn Fri 14-Mar-14 10:23:23

I think distance and height makes it safe. AFAIK garden conifers have fairly shallow roots (having looked at some that have blown over).

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