Some plants I just won't allow. King among those is the ficus, the family of fig trees.
Oh, they can be pretty trees. Few cast more cool shade than a common fig but watch out...it can have ghastly consequences when put in the wrong place.
The city of Los Angeles is currently facing a $1.5 billion dollar bill for fixing sidewalks throughout the city that have been destroyed by figs. They are also trying to figure out a way to get homeowners to pay for it and get the city off of the hook.
You see, figs have very strong, vigorous, and just slightly sub-surface roots. Strong enough to destroy a sidewalk...strong enough to destroy a house (which I've seen happen too).
They're also messy and, since they're so shady, can stop anything else from growing underneath it.
I would not plant a ficus anywhere that I didn't have at least 50 feet of open space in all directions from the tree.
So, for this cheapskate, no figgin' ficus trees in my tiny little garden.
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