How Deep Is The Root Ball?

Asked September 28, 2018, 1:41 PM EDT

I want to replace some arborvitaes with a smaller variety. To do so, I have to saw them down and dig up the stumps. The arborvitaes are more than 20 years old, about 11 1/2 feet high, and about 4 1/2 feet in diameter. Can you estimate how many feet below the surface of the ground the root ball will extend?

Charles County Maryland tree roots arborvitae tree

1 Response

Here is some general information. The majority of tree roots are located in the upper 12 to 18 inches of soil. The roots can extend about 2-3 times beyond the "dripline" of the tree.