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After cutting some roots, pine turning brown

After cutting some roots, pine turning brown


Old 09-24-08, 09:20 AM
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After cutting some roots, pine turning brown

We have an area where we wanted to put a paver patio. In order to do this, we had to cut some roots of a 30' pine tree. I am sorry to report that over the past 3 weeks, the tree seems to have become distressed, and is beginning to turn brown.

I am looking for suggestions as to what should be done in attempts to save this tree. Should I attempt some deep root watering? Surface watering? Fertilizer?
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Old 09-24-08, 10:12 AM
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probably too late. you could try intensive irrigation.
Old 09-24-08, 10:58 AM
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Roots provided the tree with stability and moisture and nutrition, as well as a place to store food. Cutting roots places a tree at risk. The pine will exhibit browning of needles, needle drop, dead limbs, and possible leaning. Symptoms may not be immediate, and often are delayed for 2-3 years.

The upside of the situation is that should the tree survive, it would be a matter of time before the roots would cause damage to the patio. You do not indicate type of pine. Let's say that it is a white pine. White pines can reach 100' or more in height, with some reaching nearly 200'. Average height is 50-80' and 20-40' in width. Many homeowners plant trees in locations without consideration of size at maturity. When a landscape specimen outgrows it's alotted space and intrudes upon or interferes with structure and hardscapes, it's time to remove it or move it.
Old 09-25-08, 04:11 AM
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In addition reducing the stability by cutting the roots will cause the tree to fall in a moderate wind, so be ready for a disaster. Pines are the worst once you compromise the root system. Remove the tree before it removes your house.

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