Root system - Knowledgebase Question

Gillette, Wy
Question by diane_741
March 29, 2010
I just got a serpentine young's birch.
I was ready to plant it in a certain location. My husband wanted to know about it's root system as my location was near a sewer line. He wonders if this kind of tree grows roots to a sewer line, ruining the line if there is any leak. Can you tell me if I need another location?

Answer from NGA
March 29, 2010


Birches have a wide and shallow root system and they typically grow near streams and ponds because they like moist soils. Just how near the sewer line and how deep the sewer line is, might make a difference. The roots won't invade the line unless there are joints or breaks in the line where moisture seeps. Hope this information gives you some guidance.

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