The Tree Roots

The Tree Roots

 

Simply Stated: “Trees are genetically capable of growing deep roots, but root architecture is strongly influenced by soil and climate conditions.”

The most typical limitations to tree rooting in urban areas are soil compaction and poor drainage. These often relate, with a compaction layer creating a poorly-draining hard pan. This results in a perched water layer that restricts roots. Hard pans and perched water tables can also be in nature. In fine-grained clay soils and fine-grained silty soils, pore space — and therefore and rooting depth — is limited. Since these conditions are quite common in urban areas, shallow rooted trees are often seen as “typical.”

 

The idea of a deeply-rooted tree became embedded as the typical root system for all trees. Later work on urban trees that were planted in more compacted soils more found very shallow, horizontal root systems. Urban foresters have successfully spent a lot of energy trying to make people understand that tree roots have a basically horizontal orientation, to the point that even many tree professionals now believe that deep roots in trees are a myth. The truth lies somewhere in between deep roots and shallow roots.

The Tree Roots

 

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