Live Oak Trees

Massive Amount of Spider Web Roots

Anonymous added on February 3, 2017 | Answered

Many small spider web roots around a Live Oak tree are shooting up into tiny tree like sprouts. Too much dirt was around the tree and roots just went wild. I am having the small roots cut out to surrounding ground level. What can be done to prevent this from reoccurring?

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Answered on February 4, 2017

Unfortunately there is really nothing that can be done to stop an Oak Tree from growing sprouts.
This is the trees nature to propagate in this manner; since the sprouts are connected to the main tree, any chemical application can kill the tree.
The best approach is to keep them in check by cutting them as soon as they appear or digging them out.

Another suggestion may be to plant a grass, like St Augustine or Zoysia. When cutting the grass the sprouts will be cut as well.

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