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Interesting tree facts

Roots with mycorrhizae can extend out to three times the tree height. Roots don’t just grow and utilize any water they just happen to come across. Rather, mycorrhizae tell them where water is located, so some roots can grow directly to it. As trees mature, they normally lose their tap root and put down 1-2 smaller sinker roots. Roots synthesize organic material for food. Roots under a sidewalk can dry the soil and collapse the slab, or buckle it due to growth expansion. The only times they crack a building slab, however, is if the building is under-engineered or a mature tree is up against the building. Herbicides may work on weeds, but tree roots hate them. Repeated use kills some species (mostly conifers), and slows/stunts the growth of others.


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