# Can spruce tree roots damage Foundation?

### Table of Contents

- Can spruce tree roots damage Foundation?
- How deep do blue spruce roots go?
- How close should trees be to a house?
- How big does a blue spruce grow?
- What kind of root system does blue spruce have?
- How big are the roots of a spruce tree?
- When to cut the roots of a blue spruce tree?
- How are the roots of an invasive tree harmful?

### Can spruce tree roots damage Foundation?

**Tree roots themselves don't actually damage a foundation**. It's the contraction from drought which can pull away supporting soil from around or beneath a foundation. This leaves room for the foundation to settle unevenly, which can cause cracks.

### How deep do blue spruce roots go?

According to the U.S. Forest Service, blue spruce trees develop shallow roots after seed germinate, perhaps **only 2 to 3 inches deep**. This reveals that this tree species grows with a spreading, shallow root system.

### How close should trees be to a house?

To get the most useful shade on the house at a practical distance, place the tree **15 to 20 feet** from the house. Small trees may be planted closer than 15 feet, but large trees should be planted 20 feet or more away from the house.

### How big does a blue spruce grow?

How tall do blue spruces grow? Ornamental yard trees often reach **60 to 80 feet and 1.5 to three feet in diameter**. Ostensibly reliable internet sources vary greatly on listed maximum heights. Some say more than 100 feet.

### What kind of root system does blue spruce have?

Even in mature trees, the root system of blue spruce is relatively shallow, compared to that of Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine, adapting it to the moist site on which it usually grows. In spite of the shallow root system, blue spruce is decidedly windfirm.

### How big are the roots of a spruce tree?

Hereof, how far do spruce tree roots spread? Tree roots can extend as far as two or three times the width of the drip line, or the farthest point from the tree where foliage grows. Pine trees are not known for having invasive root systems but if the soil is dry roots will go where the water is.

### When to cut the roots of a blue spruce tree?

Severing the roots about halfway between the trunk and the outermost branch tips will result in a more compact root mass if you're digging the tree. If you're concerned about roots invading the foundation of your house, or lifting a sidewalk or driveway you can place a barrier between the tree and the hardscape or foundation.

### How are the roots of an invasive tree harmful?

The roots spread at least as far as the most distant tips of the branches, and invasive tree roots often spread much farther. Invasive tree roots can be very destructive. Let’s learn more about common trees that have invasive root systems and planting precautions for invasive trees.