small roots above main root system of my tree

Asked August 1, 2018, 10:11 PM EDT

When we planted the tree we were supposed to remove all the small roots above the main root system with a hand pruner. We didn't do that -- kind of unsure what was the main root system. Now, two months later, there are lots of little roots above the ground. Should I prune them now? Or wait until winter? Or leave them alone?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

It's difficult to answer your question without knowing the kind of tree and seeing the small roots.

Some plants produce adventitious or aerial roots. Go here to learn about them:

Generally speaking, such roots can be removed without damaging the plant that produced them. If you were advised to remove the roots, we think (but can't be absolutely sure) it's OK to do that. That's based on the assumption that the tree was planted at the proper level in the first place.