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Old 08-18-2014, 04:37 PM
 
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PUT DOWN THE JUG AND STEP AWAY FROM THE ROUND-UP, lol. Round-up is not going to control a root system, but it is really good at killing green stuff. I think that suggestion was a prankster.

This is a simple case of Right Tree, Wrong Place.

The River Birch is a great tree, but it has one of the most aggressive and destructive root systems around. They are definitely a danger to sidewalks, driveways, irrigation systems, outdoor plumbing/sewer drains and foundations. The root system is likely at least two times wider than the drip line, before any trimming; maybe more.

Root barriers can help in some situations, but I only recommend them for directing less aggressive roots lower, such as to prevent damage to a driveway. They wont contain roots of a giantormous tree for ever.

Recommended Option: 1) Yank the tree and save years of headaches.
Alternative Option: 2) Get a licensed tree specialist to examine the tree and explain your concerns. Ask them about root pruning. If the situation is right, the tree is right, and when performed by an expert, root pruning can save trees and keep neighbors friendly. This will cost more than the original tree if you bought it at a smaller container, ball or stem size. This will also be an ongoing maintenance cost.


Stay Cool - Jeff @ NewLeaf Grounds


Little Fun Tidbit: Many areas have ordinances that govern trees within a certain distance from property line: 5 years down the road you may not be able to legally get rid of it on your own property if the neighbor doesn't want you too.

Stay Cool - Jeff @ NewLeaf Grounds
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:08 PM
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PUT DOWN THE JUG AND STEP AWAY FROM THE ROUND-UP, lol. Round-up is not going to control a root system, but it is really good at killing green stuff. I think that suggestion was a prankster.

Stay Cool - Jeff @ NewLeaf Grounds
LOL...I'm not a fan of roundup or any chemicals, but IF I had to use it in the manner described in that post, I would be extremely cautious in using it. Thx for your advice tho, will check out the main site. However, I already called a tree professional. The best solution is to remove it. So he will, and will also make sure there is no permanent damage to my neighbors' lawn.

All is not lost however. The tree has 3 main trunks that are perfect diameter + straight & true...perfect poles. I love the bark interest on them and we are going to cut them with a few branches intact. They will be set into a rolling box planter & used as a "screen" to divide my dining room from the entry way. He's going to let them season off in his barn until ready.
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