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Re: problem tree roots


We were taught that if you remove any large roots within 4' of the tree
trunk, that it then becomes a hazard, and should be removed.
Assuming that the roots you're cutting are well out from that spot, you can
get root control fabric that contains a chemical that prevents roots from
growing into it.

Using gravel actually encourages roots to grow into it. Despite the lack of
nutrients, the tree roots move in because it's well-aerated and moist. When
they planted trees in Atlanta for the Olympics, they used an expanded slate
product called Perma-till (looks like gravel) in the areas that they were
going to pave, so that the tree roots would be able to grow underneath the
paved areas.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Theresa" <tchessie@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2003 5:48 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] problem tree roots

> This tree is some kind of ash, and there are 3 good sized roots that must
> cut to put in the wall.  We did the biggest one today- what pain in the
> know what. One was small and easy to cut, and the last is half-done- at
> which point we were too tired to just tools safely and called it quits.
> tree is root happy and I'm sure will fill the beds with new roots also, I
> plan on planting  perenials to fill the bed asap (hopefully before the
> take over!)
> Theresa
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> Behalf Of Kitty
> Sent: Friday, November 28, 2003 12:04 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] problem tree roots
> Rich, You'r just SOL with a Silver Maple.  Mine cracked the new sidewalk
> next to it.  The 10x15 flower bed next to that has to be tilled by a
> tiller every spring, the roots are that bad.
> Kitty
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Richard T. Apking" <richa@midlands.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Friday, November 28, 2003 3:34 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] problem tree roots
> > Hi Theresa,
> >
> > I don't think that there is a real solution to your problem, especially
> > the tree is one that tends to have lots of roots on the surface of the
> > ground or just (1-2") beneath.
> >
> > I put a retaining bed around a Silver Maple when the village changed the
> > heighth of the lot around it, and the retained soil is just chock full
> > roots.  I built a raised bed a few feet away, and after the first year
> > raised bed is full of small (less than 1/16" diameter) roots.
> >
> > The big worry is damaging the tree by cutting it's roots, I'd think you
> will
> > be okay if the roots are relatively minor (read small) and that there
> aren't
> > too many of them.  Rich in Z-5
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Theresa" <tchessie@comcast.net>
> > To: "GardenChat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Friday, November 28, 2003 7:04 AM
> > Subject: [CHAT] problem tree roots
> >
> >
> > > HI all-
> > >
> > > I am wondering if anyone knows tricks to prevent tree roots from
> regrowing
> > > in unwelcome places (but without actually killing the tree).  There
> > > several roots in the way of my retaining wall around the front yard,
> which
> > I
> > > will chop off, but am worried a million more smaller roots may sprout
> from
> > > where I cut them off.  I was thinking the filling in around them with
> > gravel
> > > mix (so there are low nutrients available- thus making it inhospitable
> for
> > > regrowth).  What do you all think?  Any experience with this.
> > >
> > > Theresa

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