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CUT TREE ROOTS

CUT TREE ROOTS
Posted by Cassie from WA on 2002-01-16 22:15:13

We had to have our septic system redone and our whole yard had to be dug up. We have 4 Elm or Maple trees that are about 60 years old and have been quite healthy. During their digging, they had to cut the roots of these trees on one entire side. Some of which are at least six feet deep. Will this hurt the trees and is there anything we can do now to help save them?
  • Tree roots
    Posted by Kimm from 4a/5b-MI on 2002-01-18 07:22:32

    It will hurt the trees and there is not muchj you can do except hope the trees regrow roots to replace those lost. The affects of this won't start to show much for 4 or 5 years though (kind of the same thing that happens when heavy equipment is driven over a trees root zone) and the first signs would be problems on the sides where the roots were cut.
    • Root damage
      Posted by Lynn from IN on 2002-01-18 21:30:19

      Kimm's right...it will most likely take several years before you really know whether the tree will survive. In the meantime, keep it as stress-free as possible, mostly by making sure it is well watered when there is not rain. Do not fertilize it during this first year. Fertilizer will encourage top growth and further stress the roots.

      Quoting Kimm: ------------
      -It will hurt the trees and there is not muchj you can do except hope the trees regrow roots to replace those lost. The affects of this won't start to show much for 4 or 5 years though (kind of the same thing that happens when heavy equipment is driven over a trees root zone) and the first signs would be problems on the sides where the roots were cut.
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