roots in soil


Help wanted.

This is my first garden. I have already built a raised veg patch which is coming on lovely!

However as i started to dig up a bit of the lawn for flowers and trees I found lots and lots of roots. There is a huge tree on the other side of the wall (council owned that I cannot touch) and also ivy, I wondered how best to tackle these roots?

And/or whether they need to be tackled at all, there seems to be no apparent damage to the lawn as of yet. If I am to plant wall climbing trees of my own here will their growth be restricted because of this?


Any help at all would be great as I have literally no idea how to go about this!





  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,060

    Hi eddm, welcome to the forum

    I'd remove some of the roots, you'll break them when you dig anyway.

    Soil next to a wall tends to be rather dry. I suggest you make that border quite a bit wider so you don't need to plant close to the wall. It will be better for the plants and look less 'mean'

    Give it a good dig and get some muck/compost in there if you can.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Im with Nut on this one, also, small roots will only get bigger! image
  • eddm87eddm87 Posts: 11
    ahha thankyou.

    will the roots damage any new plants that go in?

    i am wanting to trail trees up the wall so will need to plant near anyhow. i will extend it a bit tho if it will help.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,060

    It will do more than help if you extend the border. It will be the difference between success and failureimage

    Plants to go  up a wall shouldn't be planted right up against the wall, the soil will be dry and the roots of the tree next door will be competing as well, The tree will still be there and using water and nutrients, removing a few superficial roots will make no difference to the tree.

     The roots of your plants will be restricted by a wall on one side, they need space all round.

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 2,397

    Hi eddm,

    I've got a similar situation with my neighbours tall conifer hedge planted on their side of the boundary fence where there are roots stretching several feet into my garden. 

    It makes digging difficult but now I've planted the border up with perennials, I won't have to bother with it so much.

    I cut some of the roots off where they had come above ground with me turning the soil over but the vast majority are still in the ground and seem to have no effect on the soil quality.

    However, as Nutcutlet has mentioned above, the soil closest to the fence/hedge does get dry and this is a north facing border. 


  • eddm87eddm87 Posts: 11

    Okay, I will extend by almost double then as I obviously want my trees to live well!

    Thankyou all for your help.

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