Tree Root Barrier Options
Whether landscaping or paving/concreting an area of your grounds, known as hardscaping, it's a huge investment, takes a great deal of work and can be quite expensive. If, instead, you installed a one-time tree root barrier system, you will have years of security from roots, minimal work and is a very affordable remedy. If roots and weeds are allowed to grow, you can experience a great deal of damage to landscapes and hardscapes from uncontrollable growth. This in turn well end out costing even more time and money to correct. You should be spending your time on other projects instead of repairing damaged landscapes and hardscapes, digging out and cutting back roots.
A barrier will significantly decrease the potential of roots developing and penetrating buildings, walls and hardscape foundations. The utilization of these barriers for both residential and commercial areas are already protecting many communities from expensive repairs due to buckled sidewalks, cracked foundations and destroyed driveways.
What Causes Overgrown Roots:
When soil dries out, large trees and shrubs will have their roots spread out in search of moisture. Until roots find moisture, they will continue to search and expand and will eventually penetrate foundations and other areas that are made from cement. A properly installed barrier will direct the roots downward and away from structures.
The Cut-Off Wall:
Expensive renovations and repairs are in the future if overgrown and expanding roots continue on their path of destruction. If a barrier is put in place, even in a damaged area, it can stop the area from becoming even more damaged. For many years, a cut-of wall has been the chosen solution and has been somewhat effective.
A cut-off wall is used as a vertical barrier that is placed 3 feet from its footings. It can prevent any further root movement while stabilizing the soil and controlling any increase of clay. This particular wall is constructed from an 11-inch reinforced concrete trench that is 5 to 15 feet deep. The downside, cut-off walls are very expensive to build and can often fail, considering it is made out of concrete.
Different Types of Barriers:
The most inexpensive and effective barrier is a pre-manufactured product. It is the most inexpensive choice for preventing moisture stabilization and overgrowth of roots. This root control system consists of heavy duty polypropylene that is 40 to 60 mil in thickness. It is a very sturdy and impenetrable barrier to prevent the expansion of root growth. The barrier wall will also prevent excessive dampness and moisture from the surrounding soil. Another type of barrier is a fabric like material with a built-in herbicide. This form of barrier is discussed in further detail below.
There are four different varieties of barriers available that are used in different ways. Here are descriptions of the different types of barriers for your consideration:
Tree Root Barrier Sheet
Sheet Material Barriers:
This system is manufactured from durable HDPE (High Density Polyethylene). It helps to hold moisture in the soil while preventing the movement of roots which cause damage to hardscapes and possibly other nearby structures. The sheet material barrier measures 20-foot long, which is perfect for linear planting applications. It can be cut to produce a certain measurement and can be applied to individual planted trees. When trying to control invasive weeds or grasses sheet barriers can be an effective option as when compared to panel type barriers there are typically few if any joints which is advantageous when trying to keep out tiny roots. For bamboo and invasive weed control Bamboo Barrier, which is made from HDPE is ideal. If trying to contain grasses with very shallow roots, plastic or aluminum edging can be an effective solution.
EP Series Barriers:
This is an injection molded High Impact Polypropylene ((HIPP) modular barrier. The EP series allows for multiple panels to be joined together using a joining strip. It also has a T-top edge which will prevent overgrowth of roots. There are external flanges, at the base, so panels can be locked in the ground.
BioBarrier Root Control Fabric
BioBarrier Root Control:
Landscapes and hardscapes are an enormous investment and methods used in the past have been timely, a great deal of work and very expensive. Choosing a one-time installation of a BioBarrier Root Control System, or BioBarrier Weed Control System, will ensure years of security from roots and weeds growing where they are unwanted.
These easy to use systems will stop constant maintenance that are a thing of the past. This will allow you to spend more time and money on other projects. These nodules are on a durable geotextile drainage fabric which is the secret to their success. These systems contain trifluralin and this is how they work:
Roots grow when their root tip cells divide, trifluralin is an effective, non-systemic herbicide. It creates a zone around your landscape and hardscape areas, preventing root growth.
By using BioBarrier root control, when tree roots reach the barrier they are stopped. Roots outside the barrier zone will continue to naturally grow. When used as a weed control, the weeds' root system cannot grow due to the trifluralin area that is next to the fabric. The root systems of trees and shrubs are well below this zone and are therefore not affected by the herbicide.
Deeproot Root Barrier Panel
These barriers are patented mechanical guides that will redirect tree roots away from your hardscapes, eliminating expensive root damage while maintaining the health and beauty of mature trees. Deeproot panels are used for continuous surrounding and root pruning applications for both new and existing trees.
Continuous Application or Linear Application:
This application provides maximum hardscape protection while using all available rooting space in order to improve tree health. It places barriers in a straight line, directly along your hardscape for total protection.
This application protects hardscapes that are surrounding all four sides of plantings. This allows for maximum available uncompacted soil volume, offering immediate root growth.
Root Pruning Application:
This application will prevent injury while preserving trees that are causing hardscape damage. Destructive roots are cleanly cut and removed and a Linear Barrier is installed.
Landscaping and hardscaping takes a great deal of work, can be time consuming and expensive. In order to protect your project you need to implement newer barrier solutions. Not only will they save you from having to start over, due to damage brought on by tree or weed roots, but also protect your trees.
With the proper installation of a barrier, you will have your landscaping and hardscaping in excellent condition for many years to come. You will not experience buckling and destruction of statue bases, driveways and walkways. At the same time, your wonderful mature or new trees will continue to grow and thrive.
We offer a full line of tried and proven excellent barriers for your particular needs. Contact us for assistance in choosing what will work best for your and your projects.