Tree Roots Above Ground
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'.