Swamp Maple Roots

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by kemmer, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
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    One of my customers has a Swamp maple in his yard and he is concerned with his kids running around. The roots are supposed to come to the surface but i was wondering if there was anything i could do. Could i cut the roots? or should i put like a flower bed over it? or just add some topsoil and seed?


  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    WEll that would be a good way to kill the tree if you wanted too.
  3. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
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    lol i know, do you know any solutions?
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Yea let the kids fall down..kids fall down all the time..whats the deal with not wanting kids to fall down anymore?It teaches them to watch where tha heck they are going!
    Fence it off?Put up warning signs..
    "Hey if you run here kid you may fall down"
    electrical fencing,,,,hahhaaa just kidding
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I hope you know I am just kidding..all I can suggest is you tell the client not to allow the kids to play by there or remove the tree,or let the kids fall down ..heck I don't know really I do not.If your afraid your kid is gonna fall down in their own backyard you got a problem.I mean your customer does..sorry leaf..there will be people that will tell you to go ahead and make a flowerbed out of the base of that tree but it is a bad bad thing to temporarily help a client by hurting them in the future
  6. Xterminator

    Xterminator LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    If you cover the roots you kill the tree. If you cut the roots you kill the tree. So just cut the Tree down and save the man some money and Kids Skined Knees
  7. Paradise Landscapes

    Paradise Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 959

    paint a circle arround the tree,edge and remove the grass from arround the tree then mulch it.
  8. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    Depending on how far these roots extend above ground, maybe you could talk them into building an elevated decking over the roots. Leave like a foot of space between the ground and decking for air space and maybe 6"-12" around the base of the tree. Then maybe they could put some potted flower pots and a sitting bench on the decking.
  9. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Bury dog fence wire, and equip the kids with shock collars.

    I'd just tell them to take the tree out if they are concerned, if you grind those down the tree is going to be pissed.
  10. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    ok i figured that would be the answer, (cut the roots was his idea, stupid idea on his part)

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