I had this email from Tom asking for help identifying these roots growing in his plot. Any help welcome!
Whilst preparing to plant in the spring I noticed that roughly 6” to 8” below the surface had a network of what looks like the roots of mares tail. I removed as much as I could and planted as usual.
Now, whilst digging out the remainder of my early potatoes I notice that I have this network of roots back again but in more concentrated form. As there is no visible plant life above ground attached to these roots I am perplexed as to what they are. It certainly does not seem to have affected the crops as I have had bumper crops this year.
My soil is of a light sandy nature and not very moisture retentive, and requires very regular watering. I am attaching a couple of photos of the roots (not all) dug out of an area approximately 6’ x 3’
Have you ever come across anything like this, or has any of your readers ever reported a similar problem? Any information would be most helpful.
I queried if he’d any mares tail in the area or trees nearby. Although they don’t really meet the profile for tree roots as there are no thick roots for the thin to come from. He came back with this supplementary information.
I have lived at this address for 7 years and have not (as yet) seen any mares tail in my garden. I had mares tail in my previous garden but it was always confined to a couple of areas and I have never encountered this amount of roots before. They were also thinner in diameter although similar looking. The roots in my soil now are 1mm to 1.5mm in diameter and quite strong to break. The thing that I thought of originally was that it could be “bootlace”, however I researched this on the internet and do not believe that it is that.
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