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S.A.Murphy
Invasive tree root problem - White Poplar

There is an old - about 50yrs - white poplar tree in the front yard that has presented with a rather severe invasive root problem. In the past I have removed - cut out - the bigger root clusters but I'm not sure if this will harm the tree in the long run. I am seeking a solution - short of removing the tree - to this problem. All feedback is appreciated. If I did it right there should be images attached / inserted that show the extent of the problem.

A. Spruce
Re: Invasive tree root problem - White Poplar

Due to extensive spamming, TOH has shut down the direct upload feature, you have to use a photo hosting site such as Photobucket, then link your images here.

As to your root problem, if the tree is endangering your structures, then the best thing to do would be to remove the tree and plant something that isn't invasive. Anything other than that can probably be managed by trimming the root system periodically to keep it back from whatever it is affecting.

If it's surface roots, this is the try using lawn irrigation for its water supply, rather than burrowing deeper into the ground. Small portions of these roots can be trimmed on a yearly basis with little to no effect on the tree. You may want to consult with a local arborist that is familiar with this type of tree and the extent of root cutting that can be done at any one time.

S.A.Murphy
Re: Invasive tree root problem - White Poplar
A. Spruce wrote:

Due to extensive spamming, TOH has shut down the direct upload feature, you have to use a photo hosting site such as Photobucket, then link your images here.

As to your root problem, if the tree is endangering your structures, then the best thing to do would be to remove the tree and plant something that isn't invasive. Anything other than that can probably be managed by trimming the root system periodically to keep it back from whatever it is affecting.

If it's surface roots, this is the try using lawn irrigation for its water supply, rather than burrowing deeper into the ground. Small portions of these roots can be trimmed on a yearly basis with little to no effect on the tree. You may want to consult with a local arborist that is familiar with this type of tree and the extent of root cutting that can be done at any one time.

Thank you for your feedback - I will follow up with local resources:)

roysoto
Re: Invasive tree root problem - White Poplar

Thanks for the information.

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