A Recipe for Wood Rot

This sedum plant was installed too close to the garage. As it grew; it would touch the siding which trapped moisture and caused wood rot.

When you buy a plant at your favorite nursery; notice the tag on it that tells you how tall and wide that plant will get.

Always read the nursery plant tag so you know the mature size of the plant and its sun and water needs.

Always read the nursery plant tag so you know the mature size of the plant and its sun and water needs.

Pay close attention to their planting recommendations so you don’t have an expensive removal in the future, continual trimming and pruning maintenance fees and/or opportunities for damage to your home.

This sedum plant was installed too close to the garage. As it grew; it would touch the siding which trapped moisture and caused wood rot.

This sedum plant was installed too close to the garage. As it grew; it would touch the siding which trapped moisture and caused wood rot.

The picture above is a Stonecrop Sedum plant that was probably planted in the spring time. I say this because in the spring; the plant is only a few inches tall with a lot of buds. Most would not expect something that small get to so large in one year. This plant is around 24″ tall and with a near width. The plant grows upright until the weight causes it to spread out. In this case, it could only lay against the siding of this garage. This seems innocent enough, but after each rain, morning dew or if the plant got manually watered; the wet plant would lay against the siding trapping moisture and not allowing the sun to dry the siding out.

That is the recipe for wood rot as you can see!

If you have this issue with plants being installed too close to the house; it would be to your advantage to remove them, transplant them elsewhere, or continually keep them trimmed back away from your house, so you do not get wood rot on your siding or trim.

Wood rot on siding from bushes being installed to close

Fall is the best time to install plants and bushes around your property. Be sure to check the tags or ask your nursery associate about what plants are best for your situation. Plants and bushes around your home can be aesthetically pleasing and add value to your home if installed properly.

Beautiful yellow Stella D'Ora lillies

Beautiful yellow Stella D’Ora lilies

Please remember that plants and bushes that are installed improperly can be a recipe for wood rot. Improperly installed plants and bushes can have expensive removals in the future, continual pruning and trimming maintenance fees and/or potential opportunities for damage to your home because of wood rot.

Dream Home Enterprises

www.DHEwoodrot.com

816-779-9999

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