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    Root spread on Evergreens

    We would like to plant a windbreak north of our country home. There is a water pipe, depth unknown, running from the pump, to our house. How far from the pipe should I plant the Colorado Blue Spruce and White Pines, to avoid possible root damage to our water pipe? We have rocky clay soil in Central Kansas. Thank you!

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    Oak
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    RE: Root spread on Evergreens

    Unscientifically, I always find roots when digging under the canopy of mature trees in my yard. By the time I'm twenty feet outside the canopy it seems down to one random one inch diamater root per yard of soil excavated. So I feel pretty safe about planting trees where at mature size they won't overhang underground pipes and safer if I can sneak in a few more feet.
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

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