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    When removing roots, how much stress can a healthy tree take?? (Oak)

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    Re: Arborists - Tree Root Question

    I've been told you don't want disturb the roots inside of the drip line of the tree. I take it that means the actual spread of the tree.


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    Re: Arborists - Tree Root Question

    Is it a White Oak?
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    Re: Arborists - Tree Root Question

    That's also a good question for google.


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    Re: Arborists - Tree Root Question

    Quote Originally Posted by pwrstrk
    I've been told you don't want disturb the roots inside of the drip line of the tree. I take it that means the actual spread of the tree.
    Yep, that the rule of thumb I've heard as well.

    joshuaberman, I'm assuming you have a potential need that may involve disturbing the tree roots and the criticality of that need must be factored in to your decision. If disturbing the tree cannot be avoided, it would be best to wait until fall when the tree begins to go dormant for the season. If that's not an option and you must do it now, you could use a root watering rod (like this: http://www.amazon.com/Yard-Butler-WS.../dp/B000P7M740) on the remaining sides of the tree to help compensate for the roots lost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrstrk
    That's also a good question for google.
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    Everything asked on this forum, could in effect, be googled...thanks for the input.

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    Re: Arborists - Tree Root Question

    Quote Originally Posted by BoDarville
    Quote Originally Posted by pwrstrk
    I've been told you don't want disturb the roots inside of the drip line of the tree. I take it that means the actual spread of the tree.
    Yep, that the rule of thumb I've heard as well.

    joshuaberman, I'm assuming you have a potential need that may involve disturbing the tree roots and the criticality of that need must be factored in to your decision. If disturbing the tree cannot be avoided, it would be best to wait until fall when the tree begins to go dormant for the season. If that's not an option and you must do it now, you could use a root watering rod (like this: http://www.amazon.com/Yard-Butler-WS.../dp/B000P7M740) on the remaining sides of the tree to help compensate for the roots lost.

    Thank you. It's unavoidable and a concern. Doing my best to not kill a beautiful tree for a AGP.

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    Re: Arborists - Tree Root Question

    Here are some pics. It wasn't the ideal space but it was really the only area to put it.

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    joshuaberman:

    If the roots in the picture are the only ones that will be disturbed, sit back and relax. You and the tree will be fine. Those are surface roots and a relatively small percentage given the circumference of the tree. Several people around my neighborhood have put in circular driveways over the years and in the process have disturbed far more roots than what is showing in your pic. The trees are still there after several years and are doing fine.
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    Re: Arborists - Tree Root Question

    Quote Originally Posted by BoDarville
    joshuaberman:

    If the roots in the picture are the only ones that will be disturbed, sit back and relax. You and the tree will be fine. Those are surface roots and a relatively small percentage given the circumference of the tree. Several people around my neighborhood have put in circular driveways over the years and in the process have disturbed far more roots than what is showing in your pic. The trees are still there after several years and are doing fine.

    Awesome!! Thanks! I just wasn't sure. I lost two trees due to drought two years ago and have paid a considerable amount of attention since. Never done this before...it's quite the ordeal. Cheers!

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