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[Summary]How far will pine tree roots spread? I have a very tall pine tree in front of my house. I am about to start work digging up my downstairs floor and re-doing it. I'm just wandering if before I start I should look further into the roots... 9. Roots "Wh

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How far will pine tree roots spread?

Pine Tree Root System

I have a very tall pine tree in front of my house. I am about to start work digging up my downstairs floor and re-doing it. I'm just wandering if before I start I should look further into the roots...

9. Roots

"When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world." -- John Muir

The roots of pine trees are similar to most other trees. The seedling starts with a primary root from which soon branch lateral roots. The primary root may extend deeply as a "tap" root although this is not particularly characteristic of pines. The roots normally continue downward to a level where decreasing oxygen content limits their further growth and this fluctuates with water availability. When the soil is very wet the roots may recede and then when it dries out and there is more space available for oxygen, the roots resume growth to a deeper level. This may be a seasonal pattern. Loose sandy soils permit (and require) deeper root growth than clay soils because the larger sand particles (0.02 -2 mm.) are separated by greater space which holds more oxygen but less water (due to rapid drainage), in contrast to the smaller clay particles (less than 0.002 mm.) which are more compact and hold more water and less oxygen (less well drained). The intermediate particle size is silt (0.002 -0.02mm.). Generally pines prefer sandy or silty soils and combinations, e.g., loamy soils. Most pine roots extend down to about 3 feet, but can be deeper in sandy dry soils.

What are pine tree roots?

Pine tree roots are the underground woody growths of a pine tree that anchor it to the ground and take up nutrients and water from the soil. Pines are characterized by a preference for sandy and...

Bristlecone pine

Pinus aristata

Pinus longaeva

Pinus balfouriana

A bristlecone pine is one of three species of pine trees (family Pinaceae, genus Pinus, subsection Balfourianae). All three species are long-lived and highly resilient to harsh weather and bad soils. One of the three species, Pinus longaeva, is among the longest-lived life forms on Earth. The oldest Pinus longaeva is more than 5,000 years old,[1] making it the oldest known individual of any species.

Tree Root Systems

Tree Root Systems

Tree roots extend radially in every direction to a distance equal to at least the height of the tree (assuming no physical barriers) and grow predominantly near the soil surface.

Typically 90% of all roots, and virtually all the large structural supporting roots, are in the upper 60cm of the soil.

Do Pine Trees Have a Taproot? | eHow

Pine trees develop two different types of roots. Fine roots grow in the top 6 inches of soil and live for a year before being replaced by new roots. Coarse roots are deep roots, like tap roots and live as long as the pine tree.

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