Are you looking at planting some new flowers around a tree on your property? Perhaps you are considering having a tree removed but are worried about how deep or far the root system might have grown. Or maybe you have noticed some exposed roots while you were out cutting the grass over the weekend. No matter the situation, it is crucial to understand how your tree’s root system works to avoid harming your trees’ overall health. There are a few different questions for you to ask yourself regarding your tree roots. Read on to learn about a few of the most common questions that homeowners like you have about tree roots!
How Far Will My Tree’s Root System Spread?
There is a common misconception that a tree’s roots will only grow to be as long as the tree’s branches, but this is rarely the entire case. Tree roots typically grow well beyond the extent of the tree’s leaves and branches. The motivation for the outward growth stems from their need to find moisture and nutrients, so it is not uncommon for them to really grow as long as the highest height of the tree.
Do Deeply-Growing Tree Roots Equal a Healthier Tree?
If a tree has deeper roots, that does not necessarily mean it is healthier than a tree with more shallowed roots. Instead, it is usually the roots within the top three inches of soil that are the “feeder roots” that are able to gather up the moisture and nutrients for the trees. On the contrary, the top three inches of soil usually encompass the tree’s “feeder roots” with the right amount of nutrients. It’s because of this easier access to nutrients that the majority of a tree’s roots are located by the near-surface layers of your soil.
Do All of My Trees Have Taproots?
The taproot is the dominant, central root in your plant from which other roots sprout laterally. This root will grow directly downward, and because damage to the taproot can cause premature deaths of plants, transplanting has to be handled with severe caution. Most fruit and shade trees don’t have taproots or only contain them during the seedling stage of its growth cycle. However, trees like hickory, oak, pine, and walnut don’t have taproots and should be transplanted carefully by a professional and certified arborist.
Tree Care and Maintenance from Harford Tree
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