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Q.Will Cutting A Pepper Tree Root Damage Tree

Zone 92111 | Anonymous added on September 21, 2021 | Answered

I am trying to find out if cutting a root on my pepper tree will harm the tree. I have a large root that is preventing me from installing a retaining wall. I would like to remove part of the root.

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Answered on October 5, 2021

Usually, larger roots can be taken out, safely, as long as you take extra measures to prevent rotting, afterwards. Do your best not to disturb any other portion of the root zone to avoid too much stress to the tree.

I would recommend adding beneficial microbes to the soil, since the leading cause of death from cut roots is rotting. Beneficial microbes will help keep pest microbes out of the area.



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