The root system of a tree performs many vital functions. Roots absorb and transport water and mineral nutrients from the soil to the rest of the tree. Roots anchor the portion of the tree above ground. In winter, roots are a store-house for essential food reserves needed by the tree to produce spring foliage.
Healthy root systems are vital to the health and longevity of trees. The water, oxygen and nutrients are most readily available near the soil surface where rain infiltrates the soil and oxygen from the atmosphere diffuses into porous soil. The majority of a large tree's roots are in the top 18-24 inches of soil, and when space is available, they can spread two to three times further than the drip line.
Because of this proximity to the soil surface, tree roots are often associated with situations that cause damage to structures, pavements and utiltities. Roots are subjected to run off, chemicals and mechanical injury. It is important to keep the portion below ground healthy to ensure an adequate supply of moisture and nutrients, and for the roots to continue their important functions.
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- The purpose tree roots serve and why they are important
- The relationship between soil and roots
- Common root problems, and how to address these problems
- Protecting tree roots and providing the best growing environment
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