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Re: tree roots

We have a lot of information on tree roots by Alex Keenan at our under construction web site on tree care at http://www.treeco.biz/alexkee.htm
We are missing some of Alex's pictures but all of his text is present.
Dan & Lu
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2002 1:02 AM
Subject: RE: tree roots

Interesting question.  I never thought about it.
I guess I should have.  I've not had any problems
with roots with the hosta.  I've planted some other
trees and shrubs where they'be been a problem and
I've cut them every time, atleast 3 decent roots this
I'm guessing but I'd bet it would be best for everybody
if the roots were left and the plant roots spread around
it.  But I'd like to hear it from the xperts.

-----Original Message-----
From: Hank Zumach [mailto:zumach@execpc.com]
Sent: Friday, May 24, 2002 10:41 PM
To: pixlist@auctionsight.com; Hosta Open
Subject: tree roots

HI--I have been wondering what happens to a tree root that is chopped
off when digging a hosta hole.  Does it just send out a new extension
off the end?   Worse, does it send out a number of smaller, feeder
roots?  Does a say, one/two inch diameter root draw water along its
length or is the water taken in by small feeder roots?  If that is the
case, it would be better to not sever the root and just leave it in
place and plant over/around it.  Any comments would be appreciated.
Hank Zumach
Stoddard, WI

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