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They surface because they are looking for oxygen and moisture, or because of soil erosion. Ideally, you should never remove tree roots because root loss leaves a tree unstable and susceptible to. Apr 15, It is important to consider how many roots are to be removed. One or two small surface roots removed correctly will probably not affect a tree’s general health.
Generally, you can safely prune roots that are times the diameter away from your tree.
However, damage or removal of 25% of the root area can have devastating results. Pruning roots slightly before or during our hot summer months should be avoided. Sep 29, Generally, you can safely prune roots that are times the diameter away from your tree. So, if your tree has a diameter of 3 feet, only cut tree roots feet away from the tree. Mark the area you’ll cut, and dig a hole all the way around the root until it is completely exposed. Use a root saw to prune the tree.
Aug 12, The roots that you see that grow above the ground are not the anchoring roots that are found deep below the surface to give trees their solid foundation.
However, this does not mean the exposed roots above the ground are insignificant and can be cut and thrown away to fix the problem. Removing tree roots above the ground can kill the tree, but you are likely going to face other Estimated Reading Time: 6 mins.