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House covered Vine

Zone 3146 | Anonymous added on January 15, 2019 | Answered

Hi, our house is over 100 years old. the front of our house is covered in a vine and we have exposed roots under the floor in the front room. We want to keep the vine but are renovating with new floor beams and floor boards. How do we protect the roots whilst the reovation is being done. Thanks. Maree

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drtreelove
Answered on January 16, 2019

There is no easy answer. It would require a site visit, inspection and recommendations by a professional.

It's hard to envision the situation, size and amount of roots without a photo, but if the roots are located at a deep enough level below the work area and do not need to be cut, then covering with a hard plastic or composite "root barrier" material may be worth consideration.

Avoid root wounding and spills or cleanup dumping of adhesives, paints and stains.

Water the plants thoroughly before and after the work is done, and fertilize to provide adequate nutrition and resistance to stress factors.

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