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Learn How to Stop Tree Roots in Their Tracks

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 18 July , 2018

Trees have a way of making a yard just right. By not taking proper steps in time though, their growing roots can wreak havoc on nearby structures, pavements, fencing, and other components of your landscaping. By installing a root barrier, however, you can keep the roots at bay.

In this issue, the Sand Diego landscaping experts at Juniper Landscape Company will provide you with the knowledge you need to make the most informed decision about which root barrier to install.

Why do roots grow so long?

In most cases, roots will grow beyond their normal length in times of drought or when the soil is drier. As the roots spread out in search of moisture, they continually grow and expand. As they do so, they can easily penetrate foundations that are in their way.

What kind of root barrier do I need?

There are different types of root barriers, each with their own advantages and drawbacks.

  • Solid barriers, typically made of metal, plastic or fiberglass that make it virtually impossible for roots to penetrate. While they are highly effective, the major disadvantage is these types of root barriers can prevent the proper drainage of water from the soil.
  • Permeable barriers made of a mesh screen will allow the passage of water and smaller roots but prevent the bigger ones from growing through.
  • Chemical inhibitors use a herbicide that prevents root tips from expanding. While effective, its usefulness will gradually deteriorate over time.

How do I install a root barrier?

The most effective way is to install a root barrier that runs the length of the diameter of the tree at maturity. The key is to install barrier two-feet away from the structure on the side that’s closest to your tree.

For professional and affordable deck design in San Diego, call the Juniper Landscape Company.

Do you need help with selecting and properly installing a root barrier at your home? We’re a licensed, insured and bonded full-service landscape design company, and we’d love to work with you.

Our number is 619-334-9464 or you can reach us via email.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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