by JoAnne Skelly

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August 21, 2012
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Healthy roots good, unless they're too close for comfort

Healthy roots allow plants to thrive. Roots support plants, conveying water, nutrients and oxygen. When roots interfere with lawns, grow into pipes and push up foundations and driveways, they become problems. Root damage is estimated to cost more than $100 million per year in the U.S. in maintenance and liability costs.

Roots don't "seek" water. They grow where water, nutrients and oxygen are available. Irrigating your lawn takes care of the water needs of your grass, but may also supply nearby trees and shrubs with extra water when their roots grow into your damp yard. Fast-growing trees with invasive roots, …

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The Record Courier Updated Aug 21, 2012 02:17PM Published Aug 21, 2012 02:16PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.