Jul 18, 2017

Controlling Root Growth in Your Yard

Unruly roots can be a big nuisance for property owners. Trees and shrubs often need a lot of water to maintain their health. They will dig deep and spread wide to find a quality source if necessary. Unfortunately, when left uncontrolled, they can infiltrate your plumbing, damage your foundation and inhibit the growth of other ornamental or beneficial plants. The cost of neglecting root problems can add up quickly, in the form of sewage line replacements, septic system repairs and foundation renovations. If you’re fed up with root problems on your property, there are solutions. At 404-CUT-TREE, we help residents and businesses in Atlanta, Marietta, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Brookhaven and other Metro area communities have healthy, vibrant trees. We’ve seen the kind of problems that can be caused by an overgrown root system, and understand the consequences of handling tree roots improperly. Here are a few tips on how you can find a healthy balance and achieve both a structurally sound property and gorgeous landscaping.

Different Techniques that Can Help Property Owners Control Their Root Growth

There are many ways that a homeowner can attempt to control the growth of tree and shrub roots. Unfortunately, not all of them will benefit the health and wellbeing of your favorite Crape Myrtle or River Birch. While there are multiple variations of root control methods, most can be divided into three categories. Physical removal, chemical treatments and barrier installations. Physical root removal must be done carefully because it requires digging around the area of the tree. If performed incorrectly or aggressively, the damage to the tree can be irreparable. Chemical treatments can be helpful in many cases, particularly for removing roots that find their way inside your septic tank or sewer pipes. However, these solutions often need to be repeated frequently as the roots inevitably grow back, and certain chemicals may create premature corrosion and damage to your plumbing over time. For this reason, many homeowners choose to professionally install a root resistant lining in their underground pipes. Others may opt for installing barriers around vulnerable areas to redirect nearby roots. All these techniques have their advantages and disadvantages, and results will depend largely on the unique needs of the individual property and the owner’s preferences.

Why You Need to Hire a Professional for Help

Regardless of which technique you choose, it’s important to hire a professional. A foundation expert, plumber or tree care specialist can help increase the success of your project and will provide a higher return on your investment. It’s best to consult an arborist before making a final decision, as they will be able to assess the tree and the solution proposed.  We frequently perform root pruning, but in many cases it may be more economical to remove the tree.  If consultation is obtained early in the tree’s life, prevention may be your greatest option.

What do Roots Want?

In addition to providing structural and nutrient storage, roots are attracted to water and air.  Heavy clay soil encourages roots to come to the surface.  A water leak can encourage them to grow downward towards the water source.   Providing adequate water, properly mulching and maintaining optimal soil conditions could keep root growth in check and help you avoid the future costs and hassles of root removal, pipe lining or barrier installation.

Are Your Roots Becoming Unmanageable? Get Help from the Experts at 404-CUT-TREE Today

Do you need help choosing the best way to care for your tree’s roots? Call the arborists and tree care professionals at 404-CUT-TREE. Our knowledgeable team is ready to answer your questions and can schedule a convenient appointment.