Fan Palm Trees

Fan Palm Roots

Anonymous added on May 4, 2014 | Answered

My California fan palm is really pushing at the decorative brick near the pool. Do you suggest that I remove the tree or are there other measures I could take to fix the problem? The tree is approximately 20-30 feet. I love the tree and I'm pretty sure the roots wouldn't damage the pool, but the brick damage was fast and aggressive, and there are walkways it could push up.

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Answered on May 4, 2014

There is not much you can do to fix this issue. You could try root pruning the tree to remove the problem roots and resetting the bricks, but this could kill the tree and, if it does not, it would likely only be a temporary fix until it grew new roots in that direction. That is about all you can do other than to remove the tree or redo the brick around the tree to accommodate the roots.

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