Tree Roots Above Ground

elroyyboy(6)August 4, 2009


I have three trees in my front yard, a poplar, a gum tree, and a maple, all of which have roots growing along the top of the ground. I imagine that as a result of years of neglect, the soil is pretty compacted.

My question is can I cut out some of the roots? The maple has a large (3-4" in diameter) root growing towards the foundation that I expect will invade, if it hasn't already, the 4" drain tile planted along the foundation.

All the trees are mature. The poplar is about 60', the gum about 40' and the maple 50-60'.


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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

It won't invade the drain tile unless there's a hole/crack in it.

If you cut the 3-4" root, how many remain?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2009 at 11:23PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

that root probably goes on for another 50 to 100 feet from the 4 inch part ... its most likely long past your field.. and your house...

you problem is NOT neglect of the trees ...

your problem is the choice of trees planted by whomever ...

there is only one way to solve the issue.. and that would be to get rid of the offending trees.. and plant trees that are not known for their surface roots ...


btw ... the maple will replace the severed root.. with a couple million replacement roots ... and in a year or two... you will have bigger problems... its a no win situation ...

good luck

ken .. the maple hater.. for said reasons...

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 9:41AM
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