Cottonwood tree versus cement.

Asked May 25, 2017, 12:00 PM EDT

A sixty foot healthy cottonwood tree roots is breaking up concrete in the driveway. Rather than remove the whole tree i would like cut a lateral root that is on the side of the tree that faces the house to control the damage. Would this work ? Is trimming a root like trimming a branch?

Wright County Minnesota

1 Response

You have to be careful when cutting large roots as it may possibly be a stabilizing root. As both the tree and driveway are valuable, I would suggest you have a certified arborist make an on-site visit to evaluate your options. You can find one by visiting this site and clicking on Find An Arborist: http://www.treesaregood.org/