Tree Care Blog The Challenges of Conifer Tree Roots in the Puget Sound

Conifer trees in the Puget Sound area face unique challenges when it comes to their roots. Poor soil quality can lead to shallow root systems, which means less stable trees.

WHAT ARE CONIFER TREES?

A conifer tree is defined as any tree that produces cones. As you probably know, these types of evergreen trees are very prevalent throughout the Pacific Northwest. Because the term conifer refers to a category of trees, they can vary greatly in shape and size, but many conifers grow to 50-plus feet.

WHAT ARE CONIFER ROOT SYSTEMS LIKE IN THE GREATER SEATTLE AREA?

Many areas of the Puget Sound have a type of soil called glacial till that is an unsorted mix of gravel, sand, boulders, clay and silt. Tree roots have difficulty penetrating this type of soil, so they will grow out instead of down, which means a very shallow root system.

WHY DOES ROOT DEPTH MATTER?

When a tree has shallow roots, there’s a greater chance of it being uprooted during a wind storm. Uprooted trees pose a potential hazard to your home and your family. This is why it’s important to be strategic when planting trees and be aware of the trees on your property that could pose a threat.