PROFOUND™ - ROOT BARRIER SYSTEMS
WHAT IS A ROOT BARRIER?
Root barriers can be solid objects, sheets of material or any other barrier
that keeps roots from growing into areas where they are not wanted.
Roots tend to travel away from a tree's trunk in the search for water
and nutrients. These roots typically move laterally toward the foundation
seeking moisture. While access to water is necessary for a tree's
healthy growth, a tree's roots can literally suck the moisture from
the soil leaving it dry. This may have an affect on other plants, trees
or shrubbery planted in the immediate area.
Pavement and hardscapes all depend on the integrity of their base materials
that lie just below the surface. It's the disruption or movement of
these materials that causes rutting, heaving and paving surface displacement,
which can present a dangerous hazard to vehicles and pedestrians.
Many home and property owners consider root barriers a non-necessity. The
truth is they are quite affordable and much less expensive than having
to repair a foundation's damage. For repair or damage prevention,
material used for root barriers may include plastic or tough flexible
material that resists cracking from potential soil movement or applied
To most, the thought of pruning roots might sound like an alarming attempt
to control root growth, but it can often resolve numerous root problems
before they actualize. Pruning roots is not a common practice, because
there is the potential for harm if not done properly. There are definite
tools and techniques that must be used to keep trees safe. For this reason,
many home and property owners often leave obstructive roots unattended,
which can of course lead to property damage.