Q&A: How do I stop tree roots puncturing my pond liner without killing the tree?

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How do I stop tree roots puncturing my pond liner without killing the tree?
I have seen references to root barrirers, but what are they? the root of a tree keeps making holes in my fish pond liner, any ideas how to stop it please?

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Answer by leakthomas
really there isn't anything besides taking out the tree that i know of i have never seen any reference to anything called a root barrier

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2 Responses to Q&A: How do I stop tree roots puncturing my pond liner without killing the tree?

  1. Angelcritter

    Try putting some cement under the liner.

  2. Deke

    I know that copper retards root growth. You might be able to get some sort of copper mesh that would stop them.

    There are root barriers, but generally they are designed to stop shallow roots from spreading near the surface. They are usually no wider (tall may be the better term) than about 1 foot. They are usually made of a thick, strong plastic. You can get them at the big-box home improvement stores and garden centers.

    You may want to consider getting rid of this particular tree and planting a different kind that has more of a tap root and less aggressive roots.

    I’ve heard of some trees being able to get into sewer pipes and water lines, so if you have a tree that seeks out water like that, you probably are going to have to get rid of it.

    Switching to concrete is an option, but you’d best be really happy with having the pond where it is.

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