cherry tree

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by surfisher211, May 13, 2005.

  1. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Posts: 141

    hey all :)

    i have a costumer that has a great big flowering cherry tree in her front Yard ,and the roots are exposed about 8 inches out of the ground, she asked me if there was a way to cut the roots out so there not exposed , now my ? is if those surface roots are cut will the tree die ? and will it blow over in a heavy wind storm ? any help is appreciated
     
  2. aclassic

    aclassic LawnSite Member
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    what about bringing in topsoil to level it out? may not be as cheap as a stump grinder rental, but would make mowing around it easier
     
  3. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Posts: 141

    i would add top soil but it would take alot of top soil to cover the roots , but it is a thought maybe removing some of the bigger roots and covering the samller ones
     
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have they been exposed due to errosion?Has the tree been that way a long long time?Eight inches is alot.Do not cut them.Will need more info to tell what's happening and a pic would be nice.But you are correct,don't cut them.
     
  5. gil

    gil LawnSite Member
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    Yeah, if you cut those roots it is most likely you will kill the tree. Soil is cheap. Add 4-5 inches of soil.
     
  6. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Posts: 141

    there not exposed from erosion , its the way they grew . i will take pictures this week and post them
     
  7. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sometimes trees will expose their roots to gain a more favorable situation - for instance, if the subsurface is too wet. It's also possible that it's a compaction issue (over many years) if it's in the front yard. DO NOT CUT THE ROOTS. bring up the ground level.
     
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    That is correct but sometimes they NEED that favorable situation and adding soil can smother the roots.That's why I requested pic's.
     
  9. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 640

    Agreed that it the exposed roots are literally 8" out of the ground, it would be foolish to add enough topsoil to bring the grade up all at one time. This is something that should be done in increments - unless you want to do a tree well. Tree wells can be a really nice look if done in natural stone and then the grade could all be brought up at the once. A tree well tall enough to hold the topsoil back wouldn't take much stone. On the other hand, the whole thing could be turned into a garden feature with the well extended vertically: becoming seating if something more 'feature-rich' was desired.
     

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