Many homeowners face problems with the tree roots hiding in the top layer of soil in their garden. Growing plants becomes a challenging job in this kind of a scenario. These shallow feeder tree roots need a lot of moisture and oxygen, so many small plants growing near them might actually starve them.


Tree roots and gardening around them may also cause damage to the draining system. Therefore, you should take extra care while planning what to plant and where. Creating a healthy and beautiful garden is by all means possible, you just need to take into consideration a few pieces of advice first.

Building a root barrier

If there’s a large tree in your garden, there is a high chance that its roots become a problem at some point. Building a root barrier is the best option in this case, as it will stop those roots from spidering out along the surface soil. In order to build a root barrier you need to make sure that you identified the source of invading roots well. Once you discover  the direction the roots come from, you can plan digging a trench. The trench should be deeper than the roots can go, and it should be lined with double-over sheets of galvanized metal roofing. This will block the roots from ruining your garden once and for all. Before filling the trench, throw some rocks inside.

Plant flowers that tolerate feeder roots

If you want to grow plants around the tree roots, pick flowers that are self-sustaining and strong. These types are easily maintained and don’t need a lot of attention. Once you plant them, they will continue to spread on their own. There are various kinds of ground cover plants you can pick and choose from. They are suitable for soil filled with both roots and rocks. If you decide to grow them, make sure you first make a detailed plan of the whole garden as they spread very quickly over unintended areas.  If you need a new walkway, or you want to redesign the old one, take care of that first. Then, you can completely focus on planting and growing flowers.

How, when, and where

Plant baby plants, as they won’t disturb the soil as much as the mature gallon plants would. The planting process should start during the period when the tree has no more leaves left. The tallest plants should be planted closest to the tree trunk, while the lower growing plants can grow further away from the tree. In such a way, all the plants will get enough sun without throwing shade at each other. Try to make smaller holes while planting, to avoid damaging the roots, because damaged roots can cause serious damage to the tree.

Problems with the sewerage system

Experts from Ozzy Plumbing state that one of the most common gardening problems is the break in the draining system. Tree roots often penetrate into the drain line and cause drain breaks. If the tree is in your neighbour’s garden, you can build a root barrier to prevent it from invading your part of the garden. Another solution is to cut the tree down, if there’s no other option available. However, if the root has damaged only one pipe, you can use the relining system, instead of cutting the whole tree down or replacing the entire system. In addition, you can decide on installing the trenchless sewer system that won’t cause any damage to your garden. What’s more, you can use this system to easily solve all the future problems without having to dig large holes around your property.

If you plan well in advance, and have precise ideas on how your garden should look like, all the possible problems can easily be solved.  You can always ask a professional for a piece of advice or assistance when it comes to solving problems with the pipes. Planting flowers, on the other hand, is an enjoyable and relaxing work you do on your own. Once they start growing, you’ll be more than satisfied with your achievement.

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