The Q&A Archives: Arborvitaes

Question: I'm considering installing a fence behind a row of 6+ year old Arborvitaes that are leaning(my prior question was related to the leaning)and have thinned out considerably this past fall/winter. The property line is fairly close so the posts would have to be installed close to the trees. Will digging the holes cause too much damgage to the tree roots? Thank you again

Answer: There's really no way to tell whether or not you might damage the root systems until you start to dig. Damage of small roots probably won't have consequences but digging through large main roots could compromise the health of your arborvitaes. You might try a few pilot holes to see what's in the earth where you want to place the posts. I don't think there's any other way to tell. Best wishes with your landscape.

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