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Maple Roots on top of Ground, Can I cut them out?

Posted by elroyyboy MO (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 4, 09 at 19:37

Hi,
I live in MO in a 26 year old home. Adjacent to the house, about 20 feet away, is a large maple. I'm concerned that roots growing above ground, and dangerously close to the house, are going to grow into a 4" plastic drain that I know is planted along the home's foundation.
Can I safely cut out this large (3-4" in diameter) without damaging the tree? This is one of about 15 roots that have broken the surface of the soil, but the only one growing directly towards the house.

Thanks,


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RE: Maple Roots on top of Ground, Can I cut them out?

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 7, 10 at 12:07

Is the drain perforated? If so, the maple will grow in to it. If not, it won't. Foundation drains are usually perforated. Downspout drains are usually not.....at least next to the house. Downspout drains should not be directly connected to the foundation drains.


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