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When to Call for Tree Removal: Are Red Oak Roots Invasive? What About Other Invasive Trees?

Florida is home to over 500 invasive plant and animal species, and estimates state that it costs roughly $100 million a year to manage these aliens. Fortunately, red oaks are not on this list. Red oaks are spectacular trees, reaching heights of over 70 feet and sporting bright ruby-colored leaves each fall. However, thanks to the size and structure of these magnificent giants, they can cause problems for homeowners. If you are googling 'are red oak roots invasive'—you're probably already aware of some of these! Fortunately, there is no better place to get the deep dive on red oak trees than with your resident Venice, FL tree experts, so read on. You're about to find out everything you need to know about the root systems of red oaks (as well as other invasive trees). Are Red Oak Roots Invasive? Yes, They Are! While red oaks are not invasive—their roots sure are! To anchor themselves, these giants send out lateral roots that can span an area 4-7 times that of their crown. This is far greater than the average spread of tree roots, which is approximately 2-3 times the radius of most canopies. So what does this mean for your property? Because red oak roots extend so far out from the tree itself, this means they can suck in water and nutrients from a very large area. While this is great for the tree, your surrounding garden may take a hit. Nearby trees, shrubs, and plants will likely get fewer nutrients and water, which can impact their ability to thrive. What's more, if...

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