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Old 09-02-2015, 01:59 PM
 
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the roots of my neighbor's elm tree have invaded into my yard. Pavers in my yard was raised. And drip system has leaved for this reason.

I am thinking to use some rock salt to kill the roots. But I don't want kill neighbor's tree. The tree is about 2 story tall. Any better ideas to take care of it? Thank you for your advice. John
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:37 PM
 
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Kill the roots will kill the tree. You can cut some roots but again if they are main roots it will kill part if not all the tree. You may need to have the services of a registered/certified arborist come out and give you exact advice and maybe a solution.
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:58 PM
 
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It is just part of the roots. Thanks!
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Old 09-02-2015, 06:59 PM
 
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I have a similar issue with my neighbor's tree. It's a river birch, and it's planted ridiculously close to the property line. They didn't plant it, it was the previous homeowner's, who were actually good friends of mine. They were going to have it cut down, but then they sold the house and moved, several years ago. :-(

3 years ago I noticed one of the 3 main trunks was getting dangerously close to my fence, and the leaves were driving me nuts. I asked them if we could split the cost of cutting that trunk down to the bottom, and they agreed. Huge HUGE improvement. I have also taken a pick axe and dug up some of the roots that have come into my yard, under the fence. The last couple of years have seen a few more, so this fall I will be getting out the axe again. Doesn't hurt the tree one bit.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:22 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Just be sure to cut it in two places, about 6" apart, then remove the hunk, and treat the end of the cut on your side with roundup, brushed on. It will kill that part of the root without hurting the tree.
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:49 PM
 
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I like the idea. Thank you everyone for the input!

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Just be sure to cut it in two places, about 6" apart, then remove the hunk, and treat the end of the cut on your side with roundup, brushed on. It will kill that part of the root without hurting the tree.
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