The Root of the Problem: The Truth About Invasive Roots

tree root cutting toolsInvasive tree roots are a problem that many homeowners face. They can work their way into plumbing pipes, cause tripping hazards, and even damage your home’s foundation. It is important for homeowners to understand the techniques and tools available to them. This is to prevent their root problem from causing serious damage to their home or person.

Not All Trees are Created Equal

Before we get started, it is important to note that not every tree is equally guilty of causing trouble. Trees that are designed specifically for fast growth are more likely to create problems with an invasive root. This requires the use of root cutting tools. Many types of Willows and Silver Maples have all been known to cause problems.


The easiest way to fix a problem with invasive tree roots is not to reach for the root cutting tools. What should be done is to simply avoid the problem altogether. Before planting any tree, research how invasive the root can be.

When planting, you should be using a hole two to three times larger than the roots or rootball of the tree. For less invasive plants, the closest point in that hole should be at least 10 feet away from the foundation of your home. For trees with more invasive roots, try to maintain at least 25 feet of difference.

Solving an Existing Problem

It is imperative that before you attempt any action yourself, you see a professional to make sure that removing segments of the root will not destabilize the tree entirely. In many cases, if a tree has been planted too close to the home, it may need to be removed entirely. You may be able to scale back the roots of a younger tree with tree root removal tools and install a root barrier.

Trees offer a number of benefits to homeowners. They improve the landscaping aesthetic of your home and help cool your house during the heat of winter. However, when left unchecked they can also do some serious damage.

The Root Assassin is a hybrid tree root saw and shovel that can expedite and simplify your root related problems. As said in their five-star review: “The shovel worked like a charm, making a potentially challenging job much, much easier.”

Contact us today if you would like more information about what the Root Assassin can do for you.

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