Tree Roots - Knowledgebase Question

wauconda, Il
Question by Darma1223
August 7, 2010
We have had problem with pipe from sub pump and tree roots we need to cut roots but will it hurt the tree? What is the best way eliminate roots?


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Answer from NGA
August 7, 2010

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The answer to your question depends upon the type of tree, how long it has been in the ground, and the sizes of the roots. In general, you can sever some of the roots on a healthy tree without compromising its health, but you cannot remove all of the roots on one side (it can topple over in the future). Rather than take a chance, you might want to hire a certified arborist to come out and inspect the problem and give recommendations about how best to keep the roots from interferring with the pipe. And, you can contact your local cooperative extension office for advise and a list of certified arborists in your area. Contact University Of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service, 1100 East Warrenville Road, Naperville - (630) 955-1123.

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