Encourage Tree Roots to Grow Down

Asked January 22, 2014, 2:52 PM EST

Interested in creating a wind break in an established trailer park (Buffalo). Can you recommend the best way to encourage roots to grow down, to minimize the chance of water/waste pipe and leech field damage? Easements are between 20' and 30'. I was told to use 6' of 1" EMT conduit or steel pipe, hammered deep along side each tree. And water each tree, via the pipe, each day, for the first couple years. Thank you for any assistance you can give.

Johnson County Wyoming

1 Response

i am dubious that there is much that can be done to avoid roots migrating toward drain fields because that is where the water is located. however watering deep along side the tree would certainly encourage the roots to go deeper and be more restricted to the area under the tree. maintaining a dry zone between trees and any leach fields in the area would also be beneficial.