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    Maple Tree Root Problem

    Last year and this year I've contended(avoided), for the most part, a root that is running above ground from a Maple tree in my back lot. A couple times last year and twice today I hit that thing with my 62D deck on my 2720 and stalled the tractor both times. (I just bought this tractor and mower last year)

    My question is, can I cut that root off somewhere below ground without harming the tree? My success with this practice has not been good in the past with other types of trees but I'm not sure if I killed them or it was just their time to go.

    If you look closely, there are other roots protruding from the ground too. This particular one is my PITA.

    I do not want to kill the tree so if the answer is leave it be, I will. I just want some educated responses as to how to handle this.

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    My suggestion would be to get a couple of loads of dirt and just cover them over, level, and reseed.
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    I have the same problem with 3 pine trees. Lots of roots. I want to get rid of the trees as I don't like pine. I cut one of them down but the roots are still there. Short of cutting the other 2, which is not something I don't want to do because of the heights and being close to our house, the whole front yard would have to be dug up. Or spend lots of and have someone else do it and use a stump grinder and still have the yard all dug up. So for now I live with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    My suggestion would be to get a couple of loads of dirt and just cover them over, level, and reseed.
    You can't see it from the pictures but the tree is considerably lower at the trunk than the root(s) that are causing me grief.

    Just guessing, it would take at least four feet of dirt, starting at the tree base to extend it past the offending root and still cover it with an inch or two of soil.

    If that's the only viable option, I'll just put up with it. There's a lot going on in this location and everything slopes away from the offending root.

    The other concern I have is that the area is covered with roots that do not protrude that far out of the ground but would prevent any soil placed in that area to remain stable. (think dirt on bricks for a comparison).
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    I would NOT cover the roots with dirt or add dirt around the trunk of the tree, it will probably kill the tree.
    Mulch...........maybe?
    On a side note: You may want to save the tree but I'm not so sure it's worth saving with the multiple trunks. IMO, it will be a problem down the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I would NOT cover the roots with dirt or add dirt around the trunk of the tree, it will probably kill the tree.
    The only thing I am aware of killing the tree by covering things up with dirt is the trunk itself. I am pretty sure the roots are fair game. You just don't want to cover the trunk up. We had a neighbor that put at least 3-4 feet of fill in around a tree. He built a circular retaining ring around the trunk with in a foot of it. Needless to say that tree lived a long healthy life for just being a scrub elm that eventually died of Dutch elm disease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    The only thing I am aware of killing the tree by covering things up with dirt is the trunk itself. I am pretty sure the roots are fair game. You just don't want to cover the trunk up. We had a neighbor that put at least 3-4 feet of fill in around a tree. He built a circular retaining ring around the trunk with in a foot of it. Needless to say that tree lived a long healthy life for just being a scrub elm that eventually died of Dutch elm disease.
    I was always told covering tree roots was not a good idea, especially maples. The roots are usually above ground or close to it because they don't have enough water or poor soil conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I was always told covering tree roots was not a good idea, especially maples. The roots are usually above ground or close to it because they don't have enough water or poor soil conditions.
    You maybe correct. I am not an arborist. I am guessing a few inches of dirt would not hurt anything.
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    In my neck of the woods I've never had any luck killing a tree by cutting just a couple of roots, especially a maple. Otherwise I'd have more sun on my backyard than I do now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    In my neck of the woods I've never had any luck killing a tree by cutting just a couple of roots, especially a maple. Otherwise I'd have more sun on my backyard than I do now...
    I built a cypress knee puller out of an old plow, got 5 cypress trees in the back yard.
    Every 2 -3 years I have to pull the knees/roots up with the tractor hydraulics, believe me, pulling roots
    don't phase them.
    One is 5 feet across at the base.
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