Root Barrier

Protect walkways and driveways from invasive tree roots with Deeproot Root Barriers. These root barriers feature adjustable sizing in 2' modules, ground lock tabs, ultraviolet inhibitors and rounded edges for handling safety.

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Deeproot Tree Root Barrier - Full Cartons

12" Barrier 18" Barrier 24" Barrier 36" Barrier 48" Barrier

Root Barrier: DeepRoot 12" Linear Barrier (Carton - 40 panels)

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Root Barrier: DeepRoot 18" Universal Barrier (Carton - 26 panels)

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Root Barrier: DeepRoot 24" Universal Barrier (Carton - 20 panels)

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Root Barrier: DeepRoot 36" Universal Barrier (Carton - 14 panels)

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Root Barrier: DeepRoot 48" Universal Barrier (Carton - 10 panels)

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Panel Size:
12" x 24"

Panel Size:
18 " x 24"
Panel Size:
24 " x 24"
Panel Size:
36 " x 24"
Panel Size:
18 " x 24"

Carton Size:
40 Panels

Carton Size:
26 Panels

Carton Size:
20 Panels

Carton Size:
14 Panels

Carton Size:
10 Panels

Linear Feet Per Carton:
80 LF
Linear Feet Per Carton:
52 LF
Linear Feet Per Carton:
40 LF
Linear Feet Per Carton:
28 LF
Linear Feet Per Carton:
20 LF

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Root barrier panels by Deeproot can be used in linear and surround applications and when installed protect hardscapes and allow for easy surface root pruning. The 12", 18" and 24" barriers are ideal for surround and linear applications while the 36" and 48" barriers are perfect for linear applications such as slopes and retaining walls where extra panel depth is required for hardscape protection. Deeproot panels are commonly used to protect foundations, driveways, roads, bike paths, cart paths and patios from root intrusion.

Trees are a Compliment to Your Landscape

Trees are wonderful additions to your or community's landscape appeal. Trees offer shade that can lower your utility bills when shading your home. Large trees allow for hammocks, your kids daily activity of climbing them or just to sit under on those sun-drenched days. Before running out and planting a tree, you need to understand what needs to be done to protect your property from tree roots that can cause damage over time.

Tree root barrier installed next to a sidewalk

Deeproot Barrier With Sidewalk


The Effectiveness of Root Barrier

Tree root barriers are very effective for redirecting roots away from foundations, pavements and structures. If installed properly, at the right time and in the right place you will get great results. If installed improperly, it will prevent trees from developing a healthy root system and will not protect them from intrusive roots. Making sure the soil around your tree is correctly prepared will also increase the success of your root barrier. You want to allow your tree's ability to have a healthy root system that is away from buried utilities and foundations.

There are different types of barriers in both materials and styles. Solid barriers offer impenetrable walls which roots cannot grow through. These panels are typically constructed of a heavy-duty plastic compound with built-in features such as vertical guides to direct the roots downward and horizontal tabs to keep the barrier firmly grounded.

Deeproot tree root barrier

Deeproot Panel







How to Install Root Barrier:

Proper installation will have a major impact on your tree's roots redirection. The best method to safeguard the success of the buried barrier, is by continually installing the barriers at the same radius as the diameter of the tree when at full maturity. It is recommended that a barrier of 18” - 24” is installed to contain most types of tree roots. The best time to install the barrier is during planting time so as to not damage the tree's root system, however the barrier can also be installed after planting, just take extra care to ensure that anchoring roots (providing the tree's stability) are not severed too close to the tree.


Diagram of tree root barrier installed next to a sidewalk

Deeproot Barrier Installation Diagram - Sidewalk Application



Preparing The Soil:

Loosening the soil around the tree helps your tree produce a stronger root system and enables you to control the direction in which the roots will grow. Doing this at planting time will also increase the efficiency of the root barrier. Till the soil around the root ball on the side of the tree facing away from the area you want to protect. This incites the tree to form the majority of its root system away from your structures. You should loosen the soil in an area that is 3 times the diameter of your tree's root ball and at a depth of 2 ft to assure a stronger root growth will take place in that direction.

Adding a compost or another soil rich in organic matter will further prompt the root growth away from your structures. You need to make sure that roots that grow around the barriers will not spread out over an enough area to cause a problem. Keep in mind, your tree's root system will go beyond the diameter of the tree's largest branches.

Your barrier should also extend above the surface of the soil and there is mulch on the ground to prevent tree roots from growing over it. If you increase the depth of your barrier, it will decrease the chances of the roots growing beneath it. By compacting soil in the trench, where your barrier is installed, will also increase the overall effectiveness of the barrier.

Placing the Barrier Panels:

Deeproot tree root barrier

Tree Root Barrier by Deeproot

Step 1:

You want to measure how far away from the tree or plant you will need to dig a trench. You should calculate at least three times the trunk's diameter for both trees and shrubs and allow at least 6 inches of space between your barrier and plants that have stems 2 inches or less in diameter.

Measure the length of the barrier, divide that by the width of the panels in order to determine how many panels you are going to need. Most panels are a standard 24 inches wide.


Tree root barrier installation diagram

Diagram of Tree Root Barrier Installation (top view)



Step 2:

Dig a narrow trench where you will be installing the barrier. For large areas you may want to consider using a trencher as it will make the work go much faster and provide for a narrower trench. Dig to the desired depth (18” - 24” for most trees) less 1 inch if you are going to have your barrier stick slightly above the ground to catch surface roots. Making your trench 3 to 4 inches in width should do the trick for most panels.


Step 3:

Once your trench is prepared, slide the first panel into place, making sure the panel is at least one inch above the ground. For trees which send out deep roots it is not necessary to extend the barrier 1 inch above the ground.

For interlocking panels, slide the tongue of the second panel into the groove of the first panel.


Interlocking tree root barrier panels are connected without any additional tools

Interlocking Panels are Easily Connected


Step 4:

Next, you need to back-fill the trench with soil until it is one-third full. Pour water into the trench in order to compact the soil. Then add more soil until the trench is two-thirds full and add water. Add more soil to fill the trench and then pour water of it. Once the soil has settled, you can add more soil if necessary to ensure the trench is full. If you follow these few steps, you should be ready to watch your wonderful tree grow to its full magnificence.


These instructions should ensure your trees will have a long and happy life and your structures will be well protected from intruding tree roots. Should you have any questions regarding proper installation or selection of panels, speak with your local tree nursery for their advice or if you have a professional landscaper, ask them for help.
Trees add an incredible touch to your home's landscaping as well as providing shade for you and your home, as well as lowering your utility bills. Trees provide you with clean oxygen to breath while removing carbons from the air. In many cases, trees will outlive everyone if well maintained and taken care of. Trees can also cause a great deal of damage if not planted correctly with an effective barrier for the roots. Flower beds and small shrubs can become overwhelmed by large tree roots, destroying them. Large roots can destroy your driveway, cause major damage to your home's foundation, your swimming pool and other structures within their reach. Installing proper barriers will prevent these negative outcomes from happening from your tree's roots.



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