Cut Back Vegetation and Overgrown Bushes Tip of the week

Overgrown bushes and vegetation don’t just create eyesores for you and your neighbors. By not trimming them back, you’re actually harming the plant/shrub’s growth.

Bushes and trees that come in contact with the side of the home can cause damage and provide a way for insects to get to other areas of the home.
Several times while performing home inspections in Mesa, Gilbert, & Chandler I have seen plants that grew into the wall or attic space. As the plant grows the branches get bigger and expand the opening they used to get in. Simply trimming them back can prevent damage to the home.

This time of year several vines grow like weeds, vines can not only cause damage but they provide a easy surface for rodents and lizards to use to get up and into your home.

Plants left unattended can even grow into vents and chimneys causing a fire hazard.

Also, keep in mind that high bushes can often be great hiding places for thieves looking to get into your house.

Trim the plants about 3-5 inches from the house, If you live in an area with expansive soils, I recommend removing the plants all together as the moisture can activate the clays in the soil and cause foundation movement.

Scott Warga, is the Qualifying party for ACSI American Construction Specialists and InvestigationsLLC,(ROC216772) a dual licensed residential and small commercial contractor. He is also a qualified Gilbert Arizona home inspector certified by the Arizona Board of Technical Registration (#38062) and was appointed to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration’s Enforcement Advisory Committee. He has years of construction experience and has performed residential and commercial property inspections for over 10 years. He has specialized in forensic inspections, investigating failed, damaged and defective construction for over 5 years. He is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), (#205826) and currently sits on their board of directors. He has been an instructor of home inspection at Mesa Community College, for Inspection Training Associates, a Kaplan Professional School and Arizona Sun-Tech Home Inspection School. He has served as District Chairman & Vice President for the Arizona chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors and an approved instructor for both them and the Arizona Department of Real Estate. If you need an Arizona Home Inspector, he is your guy

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