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When it comes to Tree Roots Size Does Matter!

How big are your tree roots?


Soon that definitive fall crispness will be in the air. As we get ready to start winterizing our yards in preparation for colder temperatures, don’t forget to note your tree roots and their proximity to underground utilities at your propery. While tree roots may seem like an inconsequential matter, if your roots get too big or interfere with local infrastructure, the outcome can be costly.


When space is available, tree roots can grow two or even three times the length of tree branches. Roots are important to the tree and most are located about 24 inches below the soil so they are able to gather water, oxygen and nutrients for the trees. This location can put them near pipes and other utility lines that run underground as well.


Burst pipes are rarely caused by roots, but damaged or blocked pipes are common. Annual mechanical routing of pipes to clear them of roots is recommended to avoid backs up and blockages to the house. There are also some chemical treatments that work quite well. If you have a tenant residing in your property this process could be missed, make sure that your property management company is involved in a fall or winter plan for your property and your yard.


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