There are many kinds of barriers that are necessary in life. We require emotional barriers, physical barriers, barriers in water, in forests, in parks and in farms – for all sorts of different reasons! However root barriers are a little known but incredibly effective type of barrier that you need to know about if you have a tree in the yard or near to a building that you own (or that your neighbour owns). We are here to tell you how they work, what you can do to get one installed and the process that we follow to ensure a great root barrier service every single time we are asked to perform one along with a proper drainage system.
Just as we are unlikely to worry about the state of the soles of our feet whilst at the same time we are slightly obsessive about the whiteness of our sneakers up top, we are unlikely to get too concerned about the roots of nearby trees. Out of sight, out of mind is the motto, right? Well, it is true. We look at a tree swaying in the autumn breeze and the serenity of the scene belies a problem that could be developing down below. As experts, we know what can happen if you stand idle around this sort of thing and we want to help you out as best as we can with your trees and with their roots.
That’s right – roots move. They grow and they absorb the nutrients in the soil to the point where you can’t really control them anymore. It is a sad state of affairs when you have to curtail the growth of any kind of natural thing but it is an important thing to think about when it comes to your trees. We are there to help you to do this and they way we help is by installing a root guard. It is so simple in its effectiveness as to seem primitive and, as is always the case, with simple and effective strategies, they tend to work very well!
What we will do is this: providing that the house or the building is close enough to the house as to be a threat, we will dig down and have a look at the root development and progress, we will identify areas where it could become a bit of a problem and we will create a root guard to prevent further growth. They are made of different materials depending on the supplier and the task at hand but their utility is the same. We install them in the ground, push them down and then leave them to resist the spread of tree roots.