Many homeowners may be forgetting a simple addition designed to shield their foundation from destructive tree roots, since landscaping projects are popular. Since they could save you thousands of dollars down the road, root barriers are ideal. Today, we at Tree Masters would like to share the benefits of root barrier installation.
Tree Roots Can Cause Foundation Problems
Serious problems can be caused over time if trees are planted too close to a home’s foundation. Tree roots will actively seek nutrients and water. These roots will leech good moisture away from the soil underneath your home. From the soil each day, a single tree can pull 100 gallons of water. In fact, as much as 150 gallons each day through their roots can be pulled by larger trees. New trees should be planted at least 10 feet away from your foundation, as recommended by professionals. Additionally, aggressive root growth can damage plumbing and drainage systems causing them to fail.
Root Barrier Considerations
It can be an essential component of an effective foundation maintenance plan, as root barriers act as a shield defending your structure from tree roots. From your foundation, they trap and deflect harmful roots from leeching moisture away. More destructive roots from growing, they can also force roots down to deeper depths and discourage the growth of larger.
Root Barrier Installation
By digging a trench that is deeper than the existing root system, we can then install a root barrier. Between the foundation and the hazardous trees, a membrane is used to block the area. The depth of a root barrier dig-out should be approximately 3 feet on average. Keep in mind the health of your trees can be jeopardized by improperly installed root barriers. Consult a professional for assistance. Resulting in potential foundation damage, when installing root barriers yourself, it’s important to note that roots can grow under and over improperly installed barriers. To prevent tree roots from growing over the barrier, it’s recommended that root barriers extend slightly out over the soil. Caused by shallow dig-outs or using ineffective or damaged materials in our experience we’ve also found that root barrier failure.
Installing Mechanical Root Barriers
For our customers in South Florida, Tree Masters includes root barrier installation service. Because as trees mature their root systems branch out beneath the soil and will often grow to 2-4 times the diameter of the crown, root barrier installation is designed to protect the infrastructure. By way of mechanical guides, the root barriers redirect and control the direction of the root growth. Due to root issues, root barriers are a great alternative to removing a tree or plants.
Tree Root Barrier Installation & More in Pinecrest, Coral Gables, Palmetto Bay, Kendall & Greater Miami, Florida
In the Greater Miami and South Florida area, Tree Masters offers assistance with high quality root barrier services. While preserving the health and beauty of your mature trees, our goal is to prevent costly root damage. To help you prevent these costly repairs from ever happening, we will first assess the growth rate and direction of the roots in your landscape. For your individual circumstances and preferences, we work with you to determine the best root height and width root barrier that is ideal. For your root barrier installation and other quality tree services, call Tree Masters today.