Tree Problems

Roots of a Tree Above Ground

Tirthank rana added on October 21, 2016 | Answered

We have 20-25 year old tree in our compound. Now their roots are coming above ground and damaging the wall and adjacent house. Can we cut that portion off roots? Is there any hazards to the tree?

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Answered on October 21, 2016

The tree might need to be removed. Cutting off the roots on one side of a tree can sometimes destabilize it and cause it to eventually fall. This could be dangerous, so it is best to ask a local arborist or other tree expert to come look and help you decide whether the tree needs to be removed.

In other cases, the tree can be saved by making some changes. See this article:

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