EXCESSIVE ROOTS IN SOIL - Knowledgebase Question

Hicksville, Ne
Question by dpcolton
June 16, 2010
My neighbor and I have some plant/flower beds with excessive

Answer from NGA
June 16, 2010


You might be surprised just how far the roots from trees can travel! They often venture out into the soil one and one half times as far as the diameter of the canopy of the tree. I suspect the roots are from nearby trees. There's not much you can do to eliminate them other than to dig the flower beds and remove the roots. Start by digging the outside edges or perimeter of the beds to sever the roots so they cannot enter the flower bed and then dig the soil, removing the clumps of roots as you find them. If you periodically plunge the blade of your shovel down along the outside perimeters of your flower beds you'll sever any roots trying to invade the flower bed. Hope this helps.

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