Our both bald cypress tree has problem
They start pop "knees" last year and then roots come up above the ground,
tree roots are reaching our house, and the other one crossing to next house
where they seems to have excess watering problem. I don't think our soil is
wet (just enough for the lawn). The only thing I would blame is the clay
These trees were planted when the house was build. I guess this trees are
around 10 years old. I need the advice on these tree. Please email to j b i
z 1 2 3 AT c o m c a s t DOT n e t . Thanks. Jaimie
We did not know that (knees) is the nature of the Bald Cypress until this
month. This problem cause the whole lawn gets unleveled. When you walk
across the lawn, you have to watch where you step to or you trapped by
either the knees or the roots. We have very young kids around and
grandparents visit quite often. These will pose a threat for them.
These trees are planted on the front yard. As far as I can trace from those
knees, each tree roots now covers about 18'x30' lawn and still expending to
next house. I don't see the reason that neighbors would like these roots
If I want these trees removed to somewhere else not close to my house. Any
idea how much might cost? I don't want to kill the tree, since there are
quite pretty and healthy. What kind of the detail/information I will need
to get when I looking an arborist? Thanks in advance.
If they're not close to utilities, it'll cost you in the neighborhood of
$500 to have both cut down. To have both moved (and they may not survive)
it'll cost about $5K. And you'll still have the problem with knees wherever
you move them. They're planted in small suburban lots because they're fast
growing, not because they're suitable to grow there. There just aren't that
many trees that are suited to a small suburban lot if you want to factor in
possible encroachment on a neighbor. And, most of the fast growing trees
like poplar and willow are extremely brittle and short lived. Some maples
are OK, but all will have surface roots that are a problem for lawnophiles.
Oak trees are nice, but slow growing and the ultimate size will be as big as
your lot. Quercus bicolor (swamp oak) nd quercus phellos (willow oak) are
two of the faster growing ones that still have nice strong wood. Smaller
trees like crabapples are OK for decorative purposes but don't really
provide much shade, and you have to be careful to choose disease resistant
cultivars. Crepe myrtles are good if you're in zones 7+ and actually let
them become the trees they're intended to be rather than crepe murder them
every year by pollarding them.
I'd love to have cypress trees and a natural landscape in my yard -
cypress are gorgeous trees! But...the knees would be a problem in a
space you want to use. IF you have sufficient room and the roots won't
reach the house, could let the area revert to natural plants. If you
need to remove the trees, sooner is better than later, as it will become
more expensive the larger they get. You may have a chance of having a
tree mover take the trees - he gets the trees and might be able to sell
them to someone else. Best check the local code, and careful about
arranging the deal if you consider something like that. They may be a
protected tree, or require permit for removal.
I took a quick look at Florida's website for info on cypress. One
variety of bald cypress has a spread of 35', which could mean roots
spread over 100', depending on variety, conditions, etc. I've stubbed
my toes lots of times going for walks in parks :o)
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