How big do the roots get.....

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by cutnitclose, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. cutnitclose

    cutnitclose LawnSite Member
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    Can anybody tell me how big and thick the roots get on a river berch and a dense yew.....Thanx....
     
  2. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
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    Its hard to say...the river birch will have alot of near the surface roots, while the yew will have a monster main tap root. Alot depends on growing conditions, such as soil type, available water, etc.
     
  3. cutnitclose

    cutnitclose LawnSite Member
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    Both are huge and close to the house, that's what I'm worried about... They were at the house when we bougth it and have been here a long time, but I got afraid one or the other may try to grow into my foundation.. They are planted next to the garage which is a slab........
     
  4. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
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    Id be more concerned with the yew than I would the birch.
     
  5. cutnitclose

    cutnitclose LawnSite Member
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    I think I'm going to pull them out, I hate to lose my birch though It really sets my house off....
     
  6. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
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    Birches are pretty shallow. I would leave the birch and nix the yew. Can you dig around the foundation to see where/if there are any roots from the birch going that way???
     
  7. cutnitclose

    cutnitclose LawnSite Member
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    I think that what I'll do...... Thanx..... Kyle D.
     

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