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Cutting Roots

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by Maple123, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. Maple123

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    We have a very large Maple approx 10ft from our house. We are wanting to put in a patio but to do so we will need to cut some roots and place down a root barrier. I don't want to hurt the tree and was wondering if it's ok to cut approx. 4 roots? The cut would be approx 6ft from the tree and the width of the biggest root is 1 3/4". The diameter of the tree is approx 7ft. If anyone could offer advice it would be much appreciated. Thanks.
     

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    Cutting that few roots, that small, that far away from the tree won't be a big problem. The bigger question is what does the rest of the rooting zone look like? If that was the only decent ground for the tree to lay down roots, it may suffer from that root loss more than a few cuts. Is the other side of the fence open pasture?
     
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    It's a Norway, cut dem roots...
     
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    The other side of the fence is just grass so it does have lots of room for root growth.
     

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