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Pepper tree roots a threat to pool?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by SeaPeaEm, Mar 16, 2019 at 12:07 PM.

  1. SeaPeaEm

    SeaPeaEm ArboristSite Lurker

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    We have a California Pepper tree in the backyard of our new home The tree was planted 5 years ago when the home was newly built and is near 25 feet tall now. We don't think it's ever been pruned and there are at least a half dozen exposed roots within a 10-foot diameter of the tree. We hope to install an in-ground concrete pool approximately 10-15 feet away from the tree but we are concerned about two issues: 1) that when digging for the pool, damage to the roots may kill the tree and 2) if the tree survives, that new root growth may damage the pool. We really don't want to lose the tree and we really want the pool. Are our concerns valid?
     
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    I used to stay at the Embassy Suites in Buena Park quite often. It changed brands 15 years ago or so, don't recall what chain it is now.
    They built the hotel on the grounds of an old hacienda that had a huge pepper tree in the front yard, and the archy retined the pepper tree in the courtyard . The pool and hot tube wer withng 20 feet of the tree , all in the courtyard.

    After about 20 years of the hotel being there, they had to cut down the pepper tree (a local heritage item, somewhat like the fig tree on 101 in Santa Barbars) as it was dropping too many branches.
    If you wont be concerned with falling branches in 20 year or can keep it pruned, likely 15 ft away is doable if you don't hit any roots diggint he pool.
     
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    Thanx, ArtB, that's some good info for consideration.
     
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    Thank you, ArtB!
     
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    jefflovstrom It was a beautiful day!

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    The roots could be up to one and a half times the width of the canopy. Here in San Diego, I have seen them farther than that.
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    Yes, thaznk you. I believe that to be the case and if we put in a pool, most of those roots will have to be cut away making me think the tree won't survive. What do you think?

    By the way, I did look at the link you previously sent and there was only one Arborist name listed for my area and he was actually not really anywhere near my area. That said, I do intend to contact an arborist before we move on this, but I'm first reaching out for some 1st-hand knowlege/experience on the matter.
     
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    jefflovstrom It was a beautiful day!

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    Pepper trees are pretty tough, an arborist can determine the amount and size of root prune needed, are you sure about finding one in your area? Are you in San Juan Capistrano? did you search here?,,https://www.treesaregood.org/findanarborist/findanarborist
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    jefflovstrom It was a beautiful day!

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    My search of your zip code shows 37 arborists within 10 miles,
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    Yeah, after the first webswite yielded no results, I just searched yelp and found dozens. Thanks for the additional link you provided. I will be scheduling to get a couple of professional opinions. But as I said, I'm doing some foundation work first that will help me ask the right questions when I finally do get to the point of hiring a professional Again, thanks
     

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