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Hayward, California
Jun 25, 2017 11:36 AM CST

I bought a house recently and inherited a nice fig tree. There was landscaping paper all around it and the root/ground branches created a complexe network under it.

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I'm not super savvy when t comes to gardening but I would really like to clean those without just covering them with more paper (as it would not fix the issues).

Is there a way to clean those without damaging the tree? And how to help the tree make roots underground?

Thx for you help.

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jun 25, 2017 1:55 PM CST

Fig trees roots are notoriously happy growers. I don't think it will hurt the tree any to cut off those roots. It will be a continuing battle though. Try watering deeply every couple weeks to draw the roots down. And don't put anything (mulch, gravel, landscape cloth...) under the tree or you will have the same problem again.
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