Return to the Woodlands Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Norway spruce root system & hemlock question

Posted by myrtle_59 w PA zone 6 (My Page) on
Mon, May 19, 08 at 17:08

We had to take down an 80 ft spruce to put an addition on the house last year. Behind this addition is a new retaining wall about where the spruce was.

The spruce was great for the birds and great for not seeing the neighbors. The contractor admonished me not to plant any 'big trees' close to his wall. It is well done but I know what big tree roots can do. I am 59 years old. In my lifetime ...

I want to put some spruce and/or hemlock above but near the wall (the property line is only about 15 feet behind the wall but it is steep woodsy nothing anyone is going to build on I don't think.

Am I correct that a spruce has a big tap root? Do you think that means I could plant within about 15 feet of this wall (tree would be on slope above it) and not worry about big roots heaving the wall out of place for about 30 years?

Comments on hemlock? I know spruce grows well here. I have lots of deer.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Norway spruce root system & hemlock question

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Mon, May 19, 08 at 22:25

If the wall is any good the trees won't knock it over. Spruce doesn't have a tap root but that doesn't pertain anyway. The only issue would be if big trees right near the wall might affect it when they are big enough. In Zone 6 you are probably talking about 50 or 100 years before that might come up. Maybe small trees are adequate for your screen anyway.


 o
RE: Norway spruce root system & hemlock question

I think 15 feet sounds like plenty of space between the tree and the wall, so I would go ahead and plant the spruce if you like. I would probably choose hemlock instead, since I like native plants and particularly like hemlock which should grow very well - it is common all over western PA. Deer will be a bit more of a problem with Hemlock than with Spruce, but either should be OK, I think.


 o
RE: Norway spruce root system & hemlock question

Hemlock have shallow roots. I seen a fence made from hemlock. they planted them close together then cut them to about 6 feet so the trees got wider and thick. In our area of PA we have adelgid which is a parasite thats killing the hemlocks.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Woodlands Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here