tree anatomy As a homeowner, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that tree roots can be damaging. They can uplift sidewalks, grow into your pipes or sewer lines, and even crack foundations. If you are buying a home, you’ll notice during the inspection that the inspector will spend time looking for signs of tree root damage to the home. But, how do you even know where to look if there are no apparent signs of damage? How can you determine if roots will be an issue in the future?

Look to the Crown

To determine how wide the roots of your tree are – you need to do little else than look to the tops of the trees. The treetops – also known as the ‘crown’ – often provide clues about the extent of a tree’s root system. If a tree has a broad, expansive canopy with lush foliage, it likely has a correspondingly extensive root system beneath the ground. Conversely, if the tree’s canopy is sparse or shows signs of stress, such as wilting leaves or dieback, it may indicate that the root system is struggling or compromised.

Be mindful of any nearby structures, such as sidewalks, driveways, or foundations, that show signs of upheaval or cracking, as these could be indicative of root intrusion. While not foolproof, observing the condition of the tree canopy and its surroundings can offer valuable insights into the health and vigor of a tree’s root system, helping homeowners anticipate and mitigate potential issues before they escalate.

Why Tree Inspections Are Important

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In general, your root system will be as wide as your canopy, but depending on the health of the tree and the quality of your soil – it could be wider. Knowing the width of your tree’s roots is more than just a party trick. In fact, inspecting your trees at least twice every year is responsible home ownership and a proactive measure to protect your property and ensure the safety of your surroundings. Tree inspections can help:

  • Identify potential hazards – such as diseased or unstable trees, which can pose a risk to property and safety.
  • Help detect pests, diseases, or structural weaknesses – allowing for timely intervention to prevent further damage.
  • Ensure their longevity and contribute to the overall aesthetic and environmental value of the property.

Safeguard Your Property with Mr. Tree

Don’t let tree root concerns linger. Reach out to the Mr. Tree team today for expert guidance and tailored recommendations to safeguard your property. From assessing root widths to removing hazardous limbs or trees, our complimentary tree safety inspections ensure your peace of mind and protect your investment. Schedule your tree consult now.