Did you know that the root system of the average tree is generally much larger than its canopy? This fact means that trees planted in urban environments sometimes don't have enough space for their roots. Most tree roots grow horizontally so that they can search for water and nutrients. If a tree's root system only has a small area in which it can grow, then its roots may begin to damage nearby structures and objects.
Fences, walls, driveways, and even building foundations can also suffer root damage. If tree roots have begun to damage your property, then you need to take action quickly. Fortunately, you have several options when dealing with trees and tree root damage to your property.
1. Tree root removal
If tree roots are damaging a part of your property, you can remove the offending roots. However, tree root removal is not a job that you should tackle alone. If you remove the wrong roots or too many roots, you could harm your tree and even damage your property. For instance, if you remove too many large roots, your tree may no longer be firmly anchored in the soil. As a result, it could blow over in a storm.
Additionally, tree roots smaller than a few inches in diameter regenerate in time. This means you'll need to remove those roots every year or so. As a result, it's best to hire a professional tree expert to remove both large and small roots to protect your property.
2. Tree root barriers
Tree root barriers are most effective when placed near newly planted trees. Once in place, a tree root barrier can help to prevent tree roots from reaching utility lines, as well as pavements and home foundations. So, if you have a young tree with an aggressive root system, then a root barrier can help to protect your property from root damage.
Unfortunately, if you have a mature tree that is already damaging parts of your home, a root barrier may not be the right option.
3. Tree removal
In many cases, when a mature tree has already begun to damage part of a property, removing the tree is the best long-term option. This is especially true if you wish to repair the damaged part of your property. For instance, if tree roots have raised and cracked your driveway, you can remove the roots and repair the driveway, but more roots may return to cause further damage in one or two years.
If your mature tree has damaged your property, consider removing it. Be sure to hire a professional tree removal service for tree removal, root removal, or tree barrier installation.