Live Oaks Roots Removal - Knowledgebase Question

Weston, Fl
Question by aaronbasabe
April 13, 2010
Two of my Live Oaks were uprooted with hurricane Wilma. I stood them up and they are fine, but some of the roots are now sticking out of the ground. My question is Can I cut the roots sticking out of the ground? I can not get grass to grow in these areas now.

Answer from NGA
April 13, 2010


The roots are anchoring your tree in the ground and are what supplies your tree with nutrients and water. If you cut them off the tree could fall over with the next strong wind, or it could die outright due to lack of adequate moisture. Rather than cut the roots off, why not dedicate the area to a planting bed? You can grow ground cover in the area which will grow high enough to disguise the raised roots.

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