Trees are an integral component of a well-manicured landscape. They deliver both aesthetic and functional benefits, adding an attractive element to the yard while also providing shade in the process. But what happens when the roots begin to spider outwards uncontrollably?
Problems of Invasive Tree Roots
Invasive tree roots pose a number of different problems, many of which are unbeknownst to the homeowner. Assuming you have a paved driveway or sidewalk, the roots could literally break through them, causing extensive (and costly) damage.
The biggest problem, however, is the potential for damage to the septic tank, sewer lines, and water lines. In some cases the roots will grow around the septic tank and lines, but in other cases they will grow straight through them.
Feeder vs Conifer Roots
Roots are used by trees to provide stability, hydration, and nutrition. When a tree becomes dehydrated, its roots will grow deeper into the ground in an attempt to find water. With that said, certain types of trees have larger and more invasive root structures than others.
Feeder roots, for instance, are generally smaller than conifer roots. So if you are worried about invasive roots causing damage to your landscape or property, it’s recommended that you stick with feeders.
Preventing Invasive Roots
In addition to choosing the right type of trees for your landscape, there are a few other things you can do to prevent invasive roots. Make sure your trees are getting enough water. As we mentioned earlier, a tree’s roots may expand when the tree becomes dehydrated. Therefore, conventional wisdom should lead you to believe that keeping your tree hydrated will prevent this problem.
If you notice damage to your landscape and believe it’s caused by a tree’s roots, the only viable solution may be to remove the tree. A professional tree removal service can handle this job, safely removing the tree, as well as the stump. Once removed, the roots will slowly die off, mitigating the damage to your landscape.
You may also want to consider installing a “root barrier” around saplings and other young trees in your landscape. Root barriers are typically made of a durable mesh material that restricts the growth of roots while still allowing moisture and nutrients to pass through. You don’t have to install it in a full 360 degrees around your trees, but rather place them in front of driveways, sidewalks, septic tanks, water lines, or other areas that could sustain damage from invasive root growth.
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