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Tree Root growing right beside one corner of Back Room Foundation


Old 07-31-13, 07:12 AM
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Tree Root growing right beside one corner of Back Room Foundation

There is a wonderful tree started growing right beside the corner of back-room foundation. It carries very large leaves that spreads right in front of the large window and very pleasant to see every day doing computer and etc. in the large back room. It's very relaxing to look at the large leaves growing.

However, for the past one and a half year, the tree started growing very rapidly to the point I feel threatening to the foundation of back room.

My question is;
The root of the tree carrying large leaves is a danger to the foundation of the back room even though we, the family keeps an eye on not to let it grow more than 5 feet in height?

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-31-13, 07:15 AM
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I think you know the answer. I ferget what the ratio is for how much space the root system takes up relative to the canopy but it's never a good idea to have a tree that close to the foundation. I'd either dig it up and try to transplant it further from the house or cut it down.
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Not pleasant but it looks like you have to choose between the tree and the house.

As Mark said, maybe transplanting is an option.
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This is what I would do if I chose not to transplant the tree.

Cut the root that is approaching the house about a foot outside the foundation. The tree will grow additional sub-roots from the cut off root and you would cut these too if/when they approached the house.
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IMO, cut the tree down before it is too late.
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