Are you looking to plant some new flowers near a tree within your property? Maybe you are considering having a tree removed but are a bit concerned about how deep or far the root has grown. Perhaps you had noticed some exposed roots when you were cutting the grass. No matter what the situation is, it’s essential to understand how a tree’s root system works to avoid harming your tree’s overall health. Check out the answers to some of the most common questions that homeowners like you have about tree roots.
How Far Does the Tree Root System Spread?
There is a common misconception that a tree’s roots only grow to be as long as it’s branches, but this is rarely the case. Tree roots typically grow well beyond the extent of the tree’s leaves and branches. The reason for their outward growth stems from the need to find mositure and nutrients, so it is not uncommon for them to sprout as long as a tree’s height.
Do Deeply-Growing Roots = a Healthier Tree?
If a tree has deep roots, that does not necessarily mean it is healthier than a tree with shallow roots. Instead, it is often the roots in the top three inches of soil that are “feeder roots” that are able to gather the most nutrients and moisture for the tree. On the contrary, the top three inches of soil usually encompass the tree’s “feeder roots” with the right amount of nutrients. Because of this easier access to nutrients, the majority of a tree’s roots are located in the near-surface layers of soil.
Do All of My Trees Have Taproots?
The taproot is the central, dominant root within a plant from which other roots sprout laterally. This root grows downward directly, and because damage to the taproot can cause plant death prematurely, transplanting must be handled with the utmost care. Most shade and fruit trees don’t have taproots or only contain them during the seedling stage of growth. However, trees such as oak, pine, hickory, and walnut do have taproots can be transplanted very carefully by the certified arborists from Harford Tree.
Tree Care and Maintenance from Harford Tree
Ready to have the beautiful yard you have always dreamed of? Harford Tree Experts & Landscaping, Inc has been in the business for decades, providing customers with quality work and quick responses all at the right price. We service the areas of Harford County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City areas including Bel Air, Fallston, Perry Hall, Towson, Essex, Parkville, White Marsh, and Middle River. For service during business hours, reach out to us or give us a call at 410-592-7321. We offer 24/7 emergency service as well, just give us a call at 443-250-6649. For updates about our business and more informative tips, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.