River birch roots

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by irritation, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,578

    I acquired a condo property 3 years ago with 94 units to service the irrigation.
    All units have their own water supply (tapped in the meter pit) and clocks ( in garage).
    They are right around 20 years old and every one has a river birch in the front corner near the house.
    These trees are quite large now and guess where the PVBs and valve boxes sit.;)
    I have had to reinstall systems on 4 units so far and capped off 3 ( plus countless other repairs) due to roots.
    It's been a good source of income but whoever installed these systems was not thinking ahead.:hammerhead:
  2. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    Are you sure the tree was there first?
  3. londonrain

    londonrain LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,129

    I looked at a broken lateral pipe under a river birch tree, met with the homeowner on Monday and we are going to wait till spring and re-pipe the zone, then he will sod the trench at that time.
  4. Mjtrole

    Mjtrole LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    Heck, maybe someone was thinking ahead.
  5. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Personally I think they do it to get plenty of water to the trees after the roots break the pipe. :)

    Here's a 3' deep lateral at the base of a tree. Thank goodness we have a Bobcat backhoe. :laugh:

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