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Tree root from hell! Easy to identify if able to remove?

Tree root from hell! Easy to identify if able to remove?


Old 05-18-08, 12:29 PM
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Tree root from hell! Easy to identify if able to remove?

Since I moved into my home 3 years ago a slab of concrete of my driveway has slowly been rising and it has reached a tipping point this week when a corner nearly popped my tire pulling into my garage. I knew I'd have to get the root exposed and cut it out. In doing much research and consulting with quasi-professionals I have learned that it would be prudent (if not absolutely necessary) to get an arborist out to bless the cutting or forbid it.

It is my hope that I can post some pictures and an expert can speak up if there is an obvious sign that I can go ahead and cut it out. I am guessing that it is a long shot and that there are so many variables that a professional would be needed but I would love to get out there this afternoon and get this sucker out.

The tree is roughly 60 feet high and is pretty massive. My initial thought is that such a huge tree could not be affected by a 4-6 inch root, but I am no expert.

Thanks in advance.

Old 05-18-08, 01:03 PM
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Planting trees too close to a house is a common mistake. It's a matter of time before roots damage the foundation or slab on which the house rests. Shallow rooted trees can cause much damage. Medium to large size trees should be planted 30-50 feet from the house.


Root pruning can set the tree up for decline. It could take several years. The feeder roots can extend 2 1/2 -3 times or more beyond drip line. They are usually located in the top 12-16 inches of soil.

A consultation with an arborist and pruning the offensive root will only delay the eventual need to fell the tree. Trees planted to close to the house can cause serious and expensive damage.
Old 05-19-08, 10:58 PM
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Been there, dug that! We eventually had to remove the tree with the roots were pushing against the foundation of the house. You can give that root a clean cut but you'll have to watch the tree carefully for the next few years as cutting the root can cause decline. Of course the weight of the car and compaction of the soil on and around the root isn't a good thing either. I would suggest you remove the turn from at least where the surface roots are to the trunk. Be careful not to bury the beautiful root flare you have. Here's some more helpful links.


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