I'm digging in the front yard. The park management wants me
to move the little two wheel trailer from the side yard to
the driveway. This means expanding the driveway the size of
Problem is, the space is near a tree, and there are a lot of
roots. Should I take the roots out with axe and sawzall
(some up to 4 inch diameter). Or leave the roots in, and let
the gravel settle around the roots?
It depends on how many roots and how close to the tree. Don't laugh
but I cut some tree roots to put in a sidewalk. The sidewalk was
about three or four feet from the trunk of the tree. About five years
later the damn tree had fallen over and was leaning against my deck
railing. It fell away from where the roots were cut. My tree was
about eight to ten inches in dia. Good luck.
On Sat, 18 Apr 2009 21:49:37 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
And what kind of tree. I cut 6-8 inch roots off one side of a
100yr old swamp maple with no ill effects. I wouldn't try it with
an oak or pine tree in my part of the world.
Ask a local arborist- or try your local extension office.
If the only thing that will ever be there is the trailer, and it isn't
heavily loaded, I'd let the roots be. Too much risk of killing the tree,
otherwise. Since you said 'park', I'm assuming it is their tree, not
yours. No overflow parking out back somewhere where you can leave the
trailer when not in use? (With a suitable lock on the hitch, of course...)
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