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Aerating: How Do You Avoid Tree Roots?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by DavidNJ, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. DavidNJ

    DavidNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 519

    When mowing you see them, learn where they are, or scalp them. And if they are less than the cutting height, they are not an issue.

    However, the aerator is going 3" under the surface. Where you can't see them. Even if they have a visible portion above ground, there is no guarantee where they go after that. Or how long they stay close to the surface. Or if they dip low and then go near the surface again.

    How do you handle the roots? Or are they even an issue?
  2. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    If you are truly concerned then dont aerate under the canopy of the tree. Otherwise just go for it. I have taken root cores out of my tines and the trees are still living. I will avoid one if I can see it but I certainly am not going to waste a ton of time worring about a surface root.
  3. Buck_wheat

    Buck_wheat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 585

    Try from the drip line out...
  4. DavidNJ

    DavidNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 519

    Will do...

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