I have 4 trees, about 24 feet tall, with exposed roots and they are heading towards my home's foundation. I love the trees but fear that is gonna be a problem, so I want to cut the roots in hopes of stopping them from possible damage. What's my best course of action?
If a Tree Root Is Cut Does the Unexposed Root Continue to Grow
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This will not stop the growth of the roots and actually might make it worse.
Before doing anything, I would consult a local tree specialist. Tree roots are actually pretty lazy. They only cause damage when the tree either lacks sufficient space or water. A tree specialist would be able to tell you if the tree has enough space for the roots to grow and if they would pose a problem in the future. Keep in mind that the root system of a tree roughly mimics the canopy of a tree. If the canopy is not touching the house, the roots are likely not either yet.