Cedar Tree Root System

Cedar Tree Root System

Cedar trees are common landscaping trees which can be seen in thousands of gardens. Their root system is one of the most important factors to maintain the health of the tree. Although some cedar species grow roots deeply into the soil to fetch nutrients from the deep side of the soil, most of other varieties will expand roots horizontally in shallow locations. The newly planted cedar trees will expand their roots quickly to get fully established in the shortest period.

Many gardeners worry about the cedar root expansion affecting the pipelines or foundations of the structure. Actually, the expansion of their roots won’t be very dangerous to the above things because their roots are normally located in shallow locations which won’t reach the depth of most structures. Some of the cedar roots will emerge to the surface of the ground as well. Their roots will expand to a large area which may expand up to 100 feet from the trunk of the tree. The actual width expanded from the tree will depend on the tree variety and the soil conditions.

Although the feature of cedar trees’ emerging roots will do no harm to pipelines, they may affect the growth of the lawns under the tree. Their roots will disturb the top layer of the soil and compete nutrients with the lawn grass and the flower beds. The beauty of the garden will also be damaged by these rising roots. The cedar tree varieties with taproots will grow deeply into the soil instead of emerging to the ground. The taproots will be grown in some soft soil conditions other than those rocky areas.

Image provided by Ian Robertson [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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