Green fingered Mefites, how close should I plant a plum tree to my house?
November 20, 2011 4:20 AM Subscribe
We bought a plum tree, originally to keep in a pot in a patio, that location didn't work out, and now we think that if we take it out of the pot and plant it in the ground it will do better next year. How close to our house can we plant it?
posted by foleypt to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The plum tree has been, still in it's large pot, next to our house in the back garden. Despite it being already a 2m tree it only managed to grow successfully one plum this summer, we think that if we take it out of the pot and plant it in the ground it will do better next year. Now it has lost all its leaves and is dormant seems the right time to plant it, only we are afraid of planting it too close to our house as the roots could eventually mess up the house foundations.
I have seen advice
which suggest a 6m distance, which is not possible in our small back garden.. however it says that the distance is only necessary in clay soils, ours is a loam type soil ( according to this test
). Our garden is a sunken garden (3.5 x 5 m) with the house to the north at one of the 3.5m ends, a high wall to the west, decking to the east covering soil and also plumbing going out to a laundry in the SE corner, to the south we have a short wall making a step to to a lawn sloping upwards. I think our prefered option would be to plant it where its pot is now in the NW corner, but we are concerned about the roots damaging the house or high wall foundations. Another option would be the SE corner but that could mess up the decking and plumbing?