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Installing Root Barriers the Correct Way – October Tips

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 07:10 PM  posted by admin

Tree root barriers work best when installed in the right place at the right time. One has to keep in mind that improperly installed barriers will prevent trees from developing. A faulty barrier will also provide little resistance against aggressive roots. The soil around the barriers must also be properly planted. Root barriers, essentially, serve to direct healthy root systems in the opposite direction of underground utilities and foundations.

Types of Root Barriers

There are a variety of materials that can be used, along with a number of styles. They include solid, and permeable. Each one has its pros and cons.

Barrier Installations

How root barriers are installed will impact the trees ability to produce healthy roots. Some effective methods install root barriers that are the same length as the tree’s diameter. They usually have a depth of two feet. Creating the barrier when the tree is planted for best results.

Preparing the Soil

Soil around trees should be loosed as to increase the root barrier’s effectiveness. Loose soil also gives trees an opportunity to grow a more robust root system. It also helps to direct the strongest root growth. It’s a good idea to add compost, rich organic matter, that can help stimulate your tree’s growth.

Basic types of root barriers include the following:

  • Screens or Root Traps – These consist of fiber welded sheets and various woven fabrics. Holes allow roots to grow through but will strangle roots if they become too large.
  • Root Deflectors – Metal or solid plastic comprises these types. Thicker barriers are a bit easier to install and can handle tougher impacts as trees grow.
  • Chemical Inhibitors – These are made of textiles with chemical coverings designed to inhibit root growth. The downside is these types will gradually lose their effectiveness over time. This is likely due to soil conditions.

    Additional Installation Considerations

    More than likely your tree’s roots will extend beyond the reach of its branches. A root barrier should also be planted in ways that allow it to rise just about to the surface of the ground. Of course, deepening the root barrier will prevent roots growing underneath.

    If this all seems a bit complicated, you can trust have the professionals at Wauson Tree Service to give you free estimate. We’ve been at this a long time, and we’re family owned as well. This means we don’t have any middle-men. We can pass along savings directly to our customers. We’re also licensed and bonded. Our crews are credentialed arborists who can get the job done efficiently and quickly. We can also advise when not to use a root barrier where the tree may be older than the home. Soil gets accustomed to the tree that draws moisture from it. Root barriers can actually work against a homeowner and cause an area to accumulate moisture and swell. This can damage a home’s foundation.

    As you can see, things often get complicated. This is why it takes a professional team to make the decision of where a root barrier should be placed. Give us a call today at 214.450.8720 to learn more about our services. Email at