A root barrier is crucial for preserving outdoor landscaping and preventing potential damage caused by the expansion of tree and plant roots. By effectively containing these roots, the barrier safeguards nearby crops, and structures. In addition to preserving your current spaces, investing in a root barrier for trees will yield long-term cost savings. It allows trees and plants to thrive in appropriate areas while mitigating the risks associated with root growth.
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“A root barrier must be puncture resistant to redirect the roots of a tree,” says Charlie Adkins, Americover Account Manager. “Tree roots are pointy, durable, and grow differently depending on the tree. A plastic sheeting professional is your best bet for finding the right tree root barrier.”
Read below to learn what qualities make the best root barriers.
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Qualities of a Durable Root Barrier for Tree
Since root barriers are made for outdoor applications, they must be durable enough to withstand adverse weather and environmental conditions. We recommend that root barriers be between 40 to 60 mils thick, especially for bamboo and ficus trees.
UV and Temperature Resistance
UV and temperature resistance works to preserve the integrity of the root barrier while it’s in the ground to maintain its structure despite frequent fluctuation through extreme cold and hot temperatures. It should not warp, crack, or degrade when exposed to high temperatures or freezing conditions.
Roots and soil are dynamically shifting environments. Flexibility is an important quality for a root barrier as it allows it to conform to the shape of the soil and effectively block the growth of roots. The root barrier should be flexible enough to accommodate changes in soil conditions, such as settlement or expansion, without tearing or breaking.
The best root barrier must be able to withstand physical and chemical deterioration. The ground is composed of soil gas and moisture and could contain chemicals that can cause severe degradation over time if you are not using the proper materials.
Best HDPE liners for Landscaping Projects
Americover’s Root Barrier is a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) film available in 30 mil or 40 mil. Root Barrier works as a waterproof seal to protect the soil from moisture loss and redirect tree roots to prevent costly root damage to nearby structures. Root Barrier is available in standard widths of 24″, 30″ and 36″. It is also lightweight, making it easier to handle and install inside of trenches.
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