Trees are in invaluable addition to any landscape. Aside from the aesthetic benefits they provide, they also create natural shade. But if you have a flower bed nearby, you need to be aware of the possible intrusion of tree roots.
Depending on the species, it’s not uncommon for tree roots to grow 7-9 feet deep, twisting and winding their way into nearby flower beds and other structures. So, how can you protect your flower bed from the intrusion of tree roots?
Plant Trees Far Away From Your Garden
Ideally, you should plant trees far away from your flower bed. Many homeowners underestimate the speed at which tree roots grow.
In just a few years time, they can quickly encompass the surrounding terrain, jeopardizing the integrity of nearby structures. By planting your trees away from your garden, however, you can protect them from root intrusion.
Use a Tree Root Barrier
You might be surprised to learn that there’s an actual product designed specifically for blocking tree roots.
Known as a “tree root barrier,” they consist of rectangular or square-shaped pieces of synthetic material that are used to form a barrier around important structures like flower beds. Just dig a perimeter around your flower bed and then place the tree root barrier inside.
The roots may still approach the barrier, but they shouldn’t be able to break through, making this an inexpensive and highly effective way to protect your plants from roots.
Clear Out Feeder Roots
Another option is to clear out the feeder roots from your flower bed. Assuming the roots have already intruded into your flower bed – or they are about to intrude – you can eliminate them by digging down 12-16” in your flower bed and cutting away the tree’s feeder roots.
These roots are used to absorb moisture, oxygen and nutrients from the soil. As long as the tree is healthy, though, it should survive after cutting some of its feeder roots away.
Hopefully, this will give you a better idea of how to deal with tree root intrusion in your flower bed or garden.
Allowing tree roots to grow uncontrollably is a recipe for disaster, especially if you a garden nearby.
The roots will make their way under the soil and into the flower bed, absorbing vital nutrients that would otherwise be absorbed by your flowers.
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