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Old 06-16-2007, 02:20 PM
 
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Here I go with another weather-related question. There was a storm last week in a city close to us in Michigan. When the storm hit, trees fell on homes and cars. I know Georgia has a lot of trees and I know there is home insurance. Is there an ordinance or code about how close trees can be to the house? Is there a law about cutting down trees on the property you purchase if you think they are too close? I see pictures of homes on the computer that have tall trees behind them. I'm not paranoid, just curious.
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:28 PM
 
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I've never heard of an ordinance like that. LOL!!! IMO it's a gamble to have trees that close. My neighbor has two HUGE oaks blow onto her house a couple weeks ago.....wind storm.
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:41 PM
 
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I've never heard of an ordinance like that. LOL!!! IMO it's a gamble to have trees that close. My neighbor has two HUGE oaks blow onto her house a couple weeks ago.....wind storm.
Does that happen very often and what were the damages? I have a cousin in Lithonia who was telling us about getting in trouble cutting trees down in her own backyard. That's why I was asking about the cutting trees down and whether it is against the law.
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Anderson, SC
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Your GA insurance agent or home inspector would the best ones to talk to. We live in GA & when we bought our house there were 3 (over 80 ft tall) pines within 10ft of the front of the house. Both recommended we get rid of them because of the closeness. We are originally from up north & I hated to do it but they explained because of the soil or should I say sand here they don't deep root like up north.
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:47 PM
 
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Your GA insurance agent or home inspector would the best ones to talk to. We live in GA & when we bought our house there were 3 (over 80 ft tall) pines within 10ft of the front of the house. Both recommended we get rid of them because of the closeness. We are originally from up north & I hated to do it but they explained because of the soil or should I say sand here they don't deep root like up north.
That is something! Being from up north, you probably thought they would look great decorated during the holidays and it added detail to the front of your home. Is that correct? Is there a difference in the thickness or durability of clay and sandy dirt when it comes to holding trees in place?
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:15 AM
 
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There's no law as far as I know, just use your own common sense.

Builders plant trees too close to the house ALL THE TIME. They look fine when they are small, but 20 years later, they become a problem.
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:46 AM
 
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There's no law as far as I know, just use your own common sense.

Builders plant trees too close to the house ALL THE TIME. They look fine when they are small, but 20 years later, they become a problem.
You are right about 20 years later trees getting bigger and causing a problem. I asked a question earlier about trees being cut down on your property and the law concerning that, but no one responded. Do you know anything about that? If we found a home and a tree is too close, can you have it cut down? Is there a limit of how many can be cut down if you think there are too many?
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Old 06-18-2007, 12:05 PM
 
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Most Trees in Georgia can reach heights over 100 feet. That would mean that you shouldn't have any pine or oak trees within 100 feet of your hose. Most large lots are only 100-200 feet deep and maybe 100 feet wide.

That means that if you want to be safe from trees falling on your house - live in Arizona, not Georgia where its more like living in a forest. If its between safety and beauty, I'll chose beauty hands down every day!
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Old 06-18-2007, 04:52 PM
 
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Most Trees in Georgia can reach heights over 100 feet. That would mean that you shouldn't have any pine or oak trees within 100 feet of your hose. Most large lots are only 100-200 feet deep and maybe 100 feet wide.

That means that if you want to be safe from trees falling on your house - live in Arizona, not Georgia where its more like living in a forest. If its between safety and beauty, I'll chose beauty hands down every day!
I agree with beauty and Georgia, because that's where we want to be. Still wanting someone to answer the question "if you don't want too many trees in your yard and they exist, is there a law saying you can't cut them down or is there a limit on how many you could cut down? Can you tell me that?
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Old 06-18-2007, 05:11 PM
 
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I agree with beauty and Georgia, because that's where we want to be. Still wanting someone to answer the question "if you don't want too many trees in your yard and they exist, is there a law saying you can't cut them down or is there a limit on how many you could cut down? Can you tell me that?
Different places are going to have different laws. The city of Atlanta for instance used to have a law that said you could not cut down any healthy trees for any reason. They were trying to change the law to say you could cut down one tree per year. The city of Marietta doesn't have any law against cutting down trees on residential property. Its going to depend on where you are buying.
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