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Bradford Pear surface roots

I have a few Bradford Pear trees in my yard that are between 8 and 10 years old. They are all flourishing (20' high or more) and I prune them annually. The problem I am having is with the surface roots that are creeping too close to my stone patio and will soon overtake it.

Is there a way I can safely cut back and "deaden" these roots without killing the tree?

Re: Bradford Pear surface roots

I have heard that you can use a ditch witch and dig a trench beside your patio cutting the roots and this will help with them growing into your patio. I haven't tried this but have heard that it would work. Good luck.

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