Q.Weeping Non Fruit Bearing Mulberry Tree Invasive Roots
It is within 30 feet of the house. It was here when we moved in 28 years ago. It’s beautiful, is in a sort of inground planter. But we see a big root that is headed to the back of the house. It has actually disrupted some of the bricks on the ground of the ‘catio’ which is attached to the back of the house. I hate to cut it down but am fearful it will break into the foundation of the house and cause damage. We have not seen any damp (knock on wood) in the basement so believe foundation is sound. Can we just cut that root and stop the growth toward the house? Will that kill the tree? Of course, there may be other roots we cannot see heading to the foundation, too. I just hate to cut a healthy tree, one that the birds love as do we. Thanks for any help!
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They have vigorous surface roots that can disrupt a nearby sidewalk or drive. Thirty feet is usually far enough away. However, since it has already run into the brick on the back patio, I would be concerned. Cutting a tree root, though, is not advisable.
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