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Home Inspector heed your own advice. My task this weekend was one that I frequently give to clients: prune tree branches away from the roof to prevent damage.



I have not had the time that I wanted to work in my garden. I still walk through each day, and I have been harvesting. Actually, I needed to water quite a bit. There have been clouds, but no rain over my home. The vegetable production has been quite good, even had my first squash. However, I have been busy with other projects in the attic and on the roof. (The roof project was an attic vent powered by a solar panel, which I will write about on the main blog). Being on the roof was the perfect reminder to follow my own advice to homeowners- keep branches ten feet away from the roof surface. This helps to prevent damage to the shingles.

    We have had enough windy days that my tree branches were rubbing against the roof at one spot. My roof has a low pitch, so it is easy to stand on the roof with my pruners. I usually do this in the spring and then again in the fall. My crepe myrtles in the front yard sprout new branches which rub against my fascia and walls. The ash tree in the backyard is a fast grower which drops branches down to the roof. I have seen branches from a tree take off the roof covering and the sheathing underneath allowing a hole for the rain to enter the attic. Giving a foot breathing space between plants and the walls prevents moisture from harming those surfaces. The foot distance permits air to circulate.
    You do not have to be exact. I pruned the branches to roughly ten feet away. Standing on the roof is not possible for all pruning. I used an A-frame ladder to reach a branch that was hitting the roof, but too far to reach from the roof. I did sweep my roof too. You do not want to leave debris on the roof, again a moisture issue.
    I need to start working on the garden again. My winter annual flowers are fading. Too bad, I love using my johnny jump ups in salads. I love the splashes of color when sitting outside. My chrysanthemums are coming back, so there is a little color. I will have to hang out at the nursery to see which annuals will do. I want something different than petunias this year.