Crepe Mrytle tree
I have a tall, lovely mature crepe mrytle that is next to an outside faucet, which is attached to the front of the house. The underground pipe that carries water from the faucet had been leaking and soaking the soil next to the house, so I had it repaired. The repairman said that the crepe mrytle needs to be removed to prevent future water leaks. Do you agree that the tree is that much of a problem? I have read that crepe myrtles have shallow, fibrous root systems - so did that guy know what he was talking about - or was he maybe just assuming?
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Unfortunately, I would have to agree. Although the root system is relatively shallow, you can expect %80 of that shrub to be underground, as the root system. That being said, this can displace a large amount of soil. This can cause breaking pipes, or leaks. Removing the shrub will be the only way to ensure that further damage is prevented.