If one of your tree's roots threaten to invade and damage your garden, you may wonder what you can do to stop them without destroying your tree. Tree roots branch out in search of water. The water you use for your garden may be a source for the roots to use. Placing a barrier around the tree's roots can help stop the problem before it gets out of hand. Here's how the barrier works and what you can do to protect your garden and tree.

What's a Root Barrier?

When roots grow too far from their trees, they can cause a substantial amount of damage to other structures, including sidewalks, underground plumbing, and gardens. The roots generally seek water and nourishment to keep their trees alive. If you cut the roots incorrectly or too close to the tree's base, the tree may not receive the nourishment it needs and die. In this case, you want to barricade the tree's roots. 

Root barriers come in different sizes and styles. Some barriers resemble large flower planters, while other barriers look similar to the panels used to fabricate siding panels. A number of other manufacturers use thick, flat sheets of plastic or vinyl that completely surround the bases of trees. The type of barrier you use for your tree may depend on its location and current health. 

What Can You Do to Keep the Tree's Roots in Check?

One of the best ways to keep your tree's roots in check and protect your garden is to contact a tree service contractor for help. A tree service provider will generally inspect the tree and its roots before they place a barrier around them. During the inspection, a service provider may need to dig in different areas around the tree to see how far its root system extends out to the garden. If the roots are too long and numerous, a contractor may prune them. However, pruning tree roots is a delicate process and may take some time to complete, so keep this in mind during your services.

In addition, the contractors must ensure that they place the barrier around the tree properly to prevent root girdling. Roots that girdle, or grow around the base of the tree, can starve trees of nourishment. Placing the barrier at a distance that gives the roots room to grow but protects your garden at the same time is essential. A contractor can discuss this part of the service with you in greater detail when they visit your home.

For more information about your tree's invading roots, contact a tree service provider today such as Smitty's Tree Service Inc.

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