Blue spruce root system - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Irprod
May 26, 2008
Havea blue spruce in front of the house. Inherited it when I bought the property. What can you tell me about its root system? Specifically, do the roots burrow downward or across?

Answer from NGA
May 26, 2008
Depending upon the size of your spruce, you'll find most of the roots in the top 12-18" of soil, extending out at least as far as the branch tips. Most of the roots that venture out that far are feeder roots and can be severed if you plan to move the tree. Severing the roots about halfway between the trunk and the outermost branch tips will result in a more compact root mass if you're digging the tree. If you're concerned about roots invading the foundation of your house, or lifting a sidewalk or driveway you can place a barrier between the tree and the hardscape or foundation. Typically the roots are not invasive, but it depends upon how close the tree is planted to them.

Hope this answers your question.

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A comment from armijoeddiemsncom
July 29, 2020
I have two 45yr old blue sauce trees that are pulling my flagstone up and craving it> What can I do?

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Answer from tomdeluxe22
May 8, 2022
Roots Are slightly above ground,Havok in outer yard areas! Possibly advise safe distance for trimming. tree is about 30' across base. This gent is without any S/T/Memory and cannot recall arborist advice

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