Two maple questions
I have two maples with separate concerns.
First, in the front yard, I have a maple with what appears to be a girdling root (see first two pics below). I actually can't tell where it's coming from exactly and would have to do a little digging to see which end is attached to the tree. I'm assuming I need to take care of this before it becomes a problem with the trunk (probably not long from now). Any advice? Should I just figure out where it's coming from and remove it as close to the tree as possible with a saw or loppers?
Next, I have a second maple in the front of the side yard (see two pics below). It has surface roots that have gotten much worse in the last year (as much as 1.5" above the ground), but at present they seem mainly to be headed toward the neighbor's yard. That is bad enough, but I'm more concerned about it eventually cracking my driveway, which is only ~5 feet from the tree. I don't see roots on that side yet but that doesn't mean they aren't coming.
I am thinking I need to take this one down in the Fall and replace it with a smaller tree that has less potential for problems with surface roots than maples do (a dogwood or flowering cherry, perhaps). I'll also plant closer to the road and make the whole area a bed if and when I do that. Any thoughts? Would you agree that the surface roots for this tree will eventually be a problem for my driveway (they already are for my neighbor)?
Thanks very much.
This post was edited by chisey on Tue, Apr 23, 13 at 11:05