Preventing Tree Roots from Causing Damage to Your Property
Trees can be wonderful assets to your property, enhancing its visual appeal and potential resale value. However, it’s important to acknowledge that many trees send their roots in various directions, including above the soil surface, in search of moisture, nutrients, and oxygen. When tree roots breach the soil’s surface, they can pose a threat to your landscape and various structures, such as foundations, driveways, walkways, plumbing systems, and sewer lines.
Preventing damage caused by invasive tree roots involves maintaining the integrity of your foundation and other structures. Root-related harm typically occurs when roots infiltrate and expand existing cracks in concrete. Fortunately, this type of damage doesn’t happen overnight, offering ample time to address emerging issues before they escalate into complex and costly repairs.
In addition to regular property inspections and maintenance, here are some proactive steps you can take to prevent root-related problems from affecting your foundation, driveway, walkways, plumbing system, and sewer line.
Selecting Appropriate Trees and Planting Sites
Adopting Proactive Landscaping Techniques
Whether you’ve acquired land with pre-existing trees or received misguided advice during tree selection, there are straightforward measures to prevent root-related damage. Understanding that roots instinctively seek moisture and nutrients vital for tree health is key. Facilitating deeper soil penetration for water can promote the development of deeper root systems, even in tree varieties known for shallow roots.
If your property has already experienced root-induced damage, you face the option of either removing the trees entirely or selectively trimming the intrusive roots while preserving the trees. It’s crucial to bear in mind that cutting tree roots can render the tree more susceptible to pests and diseases. Moreover, excessive or substantial root removal may compromise the tree’s stability and hinder its access to essential water and nutrients. Given the invaluable ecological and aesthetic contributions trees make to properties, tree removal should remain a last-resort measure, reserved for situations where no alternative solution is viable.
Install Root Barriers to save your Foundation
No matter the tree species you’ve chosen or their designated planting locations, a reliable strategy to safeguard against potential damage involves the installation of root barriers, such as the BioBarrier system. When expertly installed, these barriers can redirect tree roots away from structures you want to shield while permitting sufficient space for trees to establish appropriate root systems relative to their size and height.
By employing proper root barriers, you can preserve both your property and your trees. However, it’s essential to note that these barriers are designed to channel roots downward, making professional installation imperative. If you’ve detected any potential root-related damage, our skilled experts can not only repair the existing issues but also deploy root barriers to prevent future root intrusion onto your property. With their comprehensive understanding of how root barriers affect trees, our experienced professionals can also strategically place barriers between newly planted trees and nearby structures. Should you have inquiries about the suitability of root barriers for your property or wish to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable team today.
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