Return to the Remodeling Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Trim pine tree before painting the house exterior?

Posted by janesylvia (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 19, 12 at 17:59

We have two pine trees right next to our house inside our backyard. The two trees have grown much taller since we moved in 8 years ago. I'm planning to have the house exterior painted. Do you think I need to have the trees trimmed before doing the painting or just let the trees keep growing taller?

Thank you very much.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Trim pine tree before painting the house exterior?

If they are close enough to the house that any of the branches are touching, you need to asses their position. If they are closer than 10' to the house, they need to be removed, not trimmed. Pines are not small trees and planting them too close can damage your foundation. If they are just large trees planted 10' or further from the house and some of the lower branches are drooping, then yes, get a professional arborist to limb them up and thin them out.


 o
RE: Trim pine tree before painting the house exterior?

Thank you very much, GreenDesigns.

One pine tree is 4'5" to the house, another is 10'10" to the house. I'll call a tree service. Wow, removing a tree would be expensive. A friend of mine had a tree removed, and the cheapest quote was $2000.


 o
RE: Trim pine tree before painting the house exterior?

I'll go further and say that 10" is too close to the house for something like a large pine tree or any other large growing tree. I would have them both removed. Pines and other shallower rooted trees can most definitely lift your foundation. We had to have a 25' sycamore tree removed that was about 12' from our barn. For a sycamore, that's not that large or that old, but it had already cracked one corner of the barn's slab. It cost us around $800 to do it safely, but since it was so close to the barn and only 20' from some utility wire, it was totally worth it to have a professional do it.


 o
RE: Trim pine tree before painting the house exterior?

What species pine are they? Some are not inappropriate for close to the house. I'd get an identification before doing a removal. In the garden part of the GW forums is an "ID my plant" forum. Maybe you'll get lucky. :)

Even if they don't need to be removed, you'll want them trimmed so that they aren't close to rubbing the house, regardless of whether or not you're painting.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Remodeling Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here