Ask an Arborist: How do I Avoid Damaging my Tree’s Roots?

Ask An Arborist Ask an Arborist: How do I Avoid Damaging my Tree’s Roots? By Arbor Day Foundation | October 10, 2018 One of the most common questions we’re asked by members is, “what can I do to avoid damaging my tree’s roots?” In this video, Pete explains how roots stabilize our trees, how they help our trees grow, and how much space they need to grow and thrive. How long are tree root systems and how deep do they grow? Most roots are found within the top two feet of soil. The majority of tree roots grow within the dripline of a tree, the area at the edge of a tree’s crown where rainwater would drip. It is important to see the root flare of a tree, the area at the base of the trunk that spreads out to the roots. Identifying the root flare helps to determine whether a tree was planted at the appropriate depth and how healthy its root system may be. How do I avoid damaging my tree’s roots when planting? Surface roots are common on trees that were not planted deep enough. ..
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