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    Tree roots in raised beds

    My neighbor has a big blue spruce and old variety apple tree. Their roots are growing into my raised beds. I have two 3' x 8' and one 3' x 6' raised beds. I'll soon be digging out the beds cutting the roots out of them and wonder if there is a way to keep them out of my beds. There is nowhere else to put the beds.

    One guy said I could dig a trench along the bottom of the beds and put in some metal siding vertically there. Apparently some trees grow shallow roots and I don't know if spruce is one of them. Another guy said to line the bottom of the beds with metal siding. Yet another said to use landscape fabric.

    Any other ideas or comments on these ideas.

    Thanks from Sheryl

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    RE: Tree roots in raised beds

    Blue spruce, while I haven't got a lot of experience with them, have noted they have a reputation for surface roots and or shallow roots. If growing in close proximity to your raised planting beds then this will be an ongoing dilemma for both you and the tree and the stuff you are trying to grow in those beds. My view is always biased towards trees but if the tree was there first then I'd find a new place to have raised beds. Cutting, digging and disturbing the roots such as by digging trenches could do harm to the tree(s). That's why a lot of us always say no gardening in the root zone.

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    RE: Tree roots in raised beds

    Afraid this response was no help. I'm looking for a way that tree and raised beds can coexist and that involves preventing roots from coming into the beds. There is no other place on my property to put the beds.

    Any other ideas out there? Anyone have any experience with this issue?

    Sheryl

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    RE: Tree roots in raised beds

    Try this:

    http://www.biobarrier.com/biobinfo.html

    I have no experience with it and so cannot comment on its efficacy or ease of use, but it seems to be what you want.

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    RE: Tree roots in raised beds

    Thanks. I'm looking into tree root barriers now. Just the terminology was a big help.

    Sheryl

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