A root barrier is simply a device that keeps the roots of a plant out of a given area. Many residents install root barriers to keep roots from interfering with their foundation. Root barriers are installed below the ground with a portion remaining above ground. The reason for the above ground piece is so that roots do not grow over the barrier.
Opinions are varied on depth and material type used for a root barrier. Everything from steel and concrete all the way to Plexiglas has been used at one time or another. Roots are attracted to moisture so make sure the root barrier does not hold water. If you are in need of a root barrier, Well’s Brothers recommends a product called Bio Barrier. Bio Barrier is a multi-year root control system that can be installed in the soil vertically, horizontally or as a surround to inhibit root growth for up to 15 years. Click here for more information on Bio barrier. If you would like a root barrier installed at your home or business, we recommend Advance Tree Care.