The Q&A Archives: tree root barrier

Questioner's Location: Katy, Te
Date: April 12, 2008

Question: Wwe planted several pin oak trees 22 years ago and have found they are too close to the house....roots have created foundation problems that we have taken care of, but were told we should put in root barriers to prevent further problems....can you advise as to how we should go about doing this or is it something we should leave to a professional (if so, then who do we call?)

Answer: Marilyn,

Ultimately on this question is it probably best to consult with an arborist because of what all is at stake. That said you can sever roots near the foundation and then dig a trench and install a vertical root barrier. If the tree is not too close to the home this is feasible. If it is very close this will result in a lot of root cutting so as to make the tree more likely to blow over in a storm.

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