The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 61 (1983) > Issues > Issue 7 > Damage Caused by Roots - the Roots and the Soil
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Damage Caused by Roots - the Roots and the Soil

Damage is rarely caused by the pressure of growing roots on structures and, in the rare cases when this does occur, the structure is usually very light, e.g. a garden wall. Indeed, it is a popular misconception that large roots cause damage. The damage is normally due to the very fine roots at the extreme tips of the root system. Russell G. Grahame