Need advice regarding tree roots

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Old 06-22-15, 09:17 AM
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Need advice regarding tree roots

We are renovating our back yard, which has a slope going away from a few decent sized trees along one of the fences. In order to create a level yard, we have removed the old sod and have to dig out a few inches of dirt to make the new sod level with a recently installed paver patio. In the course of this digging we have encountered quite a few tree roots extending from the trees out toward the yard. To get the ground level with the new patio, tree roots will need to be cut. We want to create a planter around the trees as well. My question is how close to the trees is it safe to cut the roots and minimize the risk of damaging the trees? They give great shade and we would hate to damage them, but need to ground to be level with the patio.
 
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Old 06-22-15, 10:08 AM
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A lot depends on what trees you have. Some oaks are very sensitive to root disturbance and even a massive mighty oak can succumb after a couple years to having it's roots disturbed while other trees seem impossible to kill. A lot will also have to do with how many roots you will affect. Taking down the surface of the whole lawn could affect a large number then digging footers for planters around the trees could be really damaging if you go deep enough. Still, much depends on the type of trees you have.
 
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I will also add you should not raise or lower the ground level around the base of a tree more then 1/2" or the tree will die.
 
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How far around the bottom of the tree is considered the base?
 
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One is a maple, one is Rose of Sharon, and I'm not sure what the third is.
 
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Thank you both for your replies!
 
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