tree root girdling?

Asked June 4, 2015, 9:50 AM EDT

A landscaper planted this Shagbark Hickory on my property last Fall. They cut one girdling root this Spring and, when I pointed out this root (see attached photo), they said they would cut that root this Fall. Is this tree going to do well, or should it be replaced?Thanks for your help.

Allegheny County Pennsylvania trees and shrubs

1 Response

It appears that the tree was grown in a container and has some large girdling roots. That is one of the major problems with the industry growing trees in containers.

It is best to cut the roots off when the tree is dormant (fall when leaves drop or early spring). The tree is young enough that it can be fixed (roots cut), but if the nursery had not left it in the container so long, or they managed girdling roots, this would not be an issue.