The Q&A Archives: Secondary tree root growth

Question: I have several Bradford Pear trees. Some of the roots are partialy above the ground. The exposed roots are continually trying to sprout new growth. I have been cutting the new growth off close to the root but fear that I may damage the tree or open them to infection. Is there any way that I can stop this new growth from the roots?

Answer: There are some paint-on chemicals that can be used to stop sucker growth. However I am concerned as to why the tree is sending up this kind of growth and why it is growing surface roots as these are somewhat unusual in Bradford pear. You may want to consult with a professionally trained and certified arborist and/or with your county extension to check on the trees' overall health and for more specific advice about the suckers based on an examination or photos of the trees.

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