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How Can Tree Roots Damage Your Home?

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How Can Tree Roots Damage Your Home?

Trees are magnificent plants, and their roots go deeper into the ground than you may think. This means they are capable of doing some damage to your home and other structures on your property. Roots have minds of their own! Here are some reasons why tree roots can harm your property:

Damaging Your Home’s Foundation

When your tree’s roots are looking for a water supply, they can end up damaging your foundation. This can happen because of the soil moving around in the ground where your foundation lies. They won’t damage your foundation on their own, and it will take some time, but these roots can pose some harm. If you have an older home, you may be more likely to see foundation damage from roots. Cracks in your home’s foundation can be the biggest sign. You may also have random cracks in your windows from what seems to be nothing. 

Landscape Damage

As trees age, their roots become more prominent through dirt and soil. If you have a few trees in close proximity to each other, chances are that they will end up competing for nutrients. The roots of these trees will eventually intertwine as they are moving around your yard in search of water and other nutrients. If you have patios, a walkway, or any other concrete, asphalt, or stone in your yard, the roots can cause them to crack and break.

Plumbing Issues

Tree roots naturally make their way to your plumbing system because it is a known water source for them. Invasive species of trees such as maples, willows, and aspens have systems of roots that seem endless and will go after any water source. The last thing you want to happen is for the roots to completely block the pipes and make them not able to work correctly anymore. Some signs that roots are your plumbing issue could be anything from water pressure changes, clogged drains that don’t unclog with a plunger or anything else, or even drains that randomly flow slower than usual. When plumbing issues from roots arise, you rarely have to kill the whole tree to fix it. You can have the portion of the tree removed wherever it is needed. 

Contact Dudley Tree

Dudley Tree has the knowledge and expertise to help you with any of your tree issues. If you need tree removal, pruning, trimming, or anything else for your trees, we can take care of it. Contact us to learn more about what our tree services can do for you. Call us today or fill out our contact form to get in touch! We are more than happy to help!


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How to Handle Exposed Tree Roots

Tree root systems are very vast and complex to look at. They are windy and provide so much strength to the tree. Since most tree roots are under the ground, the typical homeowner won’t be looking into their yard to see any roots. Sometimes, a few tree roots can grow to be seen above the ground. What might it mean when exposed tree roots begin to happen? How can you work with them to keep your tree strong and your yard safe? 

What causes exposed tree roots?

Even though it might seem like your tree’s roots are growing in an upward direction, the root system of a tree grows outwards and downwards from its base. Noticing any roots above ground can happen when there is erosion of the soil. The ground may be exposed to heavy rain and lack of sun, which causes erosion. This will expose the roots and potential cause them some hard while they are above ground for some time. 

What To Do with Any Exposed Tree Roots

A tree’s roots can quickly be damaged by people, lawn mowers, and other tools in your yard. Damaged roots can’t efficiently do their job of getting water and nutrients for the tree, and this can negatively influence your tree’s the health and well-being of your tree. If you notice a tree with exposed tree roots in your yard, you are able to do some things to limit any harm and protect your trees:

  • You don’t want people walking all over the roots, so avoid spending time in areas of your lawn with the roots. 
  • Place mulch over the roots for added protection from the elements and animals.
  • Try to use organic elements as your choice of mulch over the roots.
  • You should spread mulch over the whole area in case of soil erosion to protect exposure to other roots.
  • Avoid mowing your lawn too close to the exposed roots. You don’t want to accidentally damage them with the mower blade.
  • If you want another option to mulching around the exposed roots, spread new soil and add some plants.

Contact a Tree Professional

If you are ever curious about the well-being of your tree, contact Dudley Tree! Our team of tree professionals have years of experience in the tree industry. Contact us for more information about our services. Whether you need tree removal, tree trimming, pruning, or stump grinding, we can take care of it. Give us a call or fill out our contact form to get in touch!

 


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