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Old 12-04-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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Default Root barrier - totally a DIY project (report)

OK, folks. I have completed a root barrier installation yesterday. Here is the details.

Why?
If you have trees less than 3 yards away from your driveway, concrete slabs or foundation, a high chance is their roots will start to crawl under it, bend and crack it.
Left with no care for 5-15 years you may end up replacing your driveway (at best, and appr. $2K-5K worth of work) or having problems with your house foundation (at worst, and lots of lots of money).



Solution
They used to have interlocking metal/plastic panels called root barrier. They surround the trees or block the root access to the slab areas. This is the tradition.



Now an alternative would be a fiber barrier with pesticide capsules, that chemically deter roots from coming through. Biobarrier is one of a few names.



How much?
A roll of 20" x 100' Biobarrier costs around $450 online or from a local retailer. I have used half (say, $250 worth of material). I have also hired 2 Mexican street professionals and they have digged a 50' trench for around $500 (1.5-2 days job). A total of around $800 (including lunch for my skilled labor

http://www.signaturetreecare.com/images/photos/small/Root%20Barrier/Excavated%20fil%20and%20installed%20Bio%20barrier. jpg (broken link)

Resume
You can hire professionals and they will probably charge you $2000-4000 for this job. Or you can do it yourself for less than half.

However, please keep in mind that your project may have complications. More details here. If it does, it makes sense to hire professionals to at least evaluate the problem.
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:13 PM
 
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Oh, I have just realized that it is a MUST-HAVE for pool owners with a tree nearby. The roots will break pool walls sooner rather then later.
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