maple tree root

Asked May 22, 2019, 9:27 AM EDT

can I cut out this section of root from a 20 ft maple without causing harm? Thanks

Oakland County Michigan

5 Responses

Hello,

Cutting a large root not only damages the tree’s growth and causes dieback of branches, it can destabilize the tree and cause it to fall. I recommend you consult a certified arborist to get a professional opinion-

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The root near the trunk is a girdling root and will eventually kill the tree as it grows larger. An arborist can determine if it is not too late to remove this girdling root. The nature of the maple species is to grow surface roots, so more are likely to follow. These trees do best when you remove the competing grass in a large circle around the tree, and then mulch the circle no deeper than 2-3 inches with shredded or chipped wood mulch. Roots need oxygen, and one way they get it is through their surface roots. These roots can get oxygen through a layer of mulch if the mulch isn’t too deep.

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Thanks so much for all the information. Can you recommend a couple of arborists in the Troy/Rochester area? Thanks.

Thanks so much for all the information. Can you recommend a couple of arborists in the Troy/Rochester area? Thanks.

Thanks so much for all the information. Can you recommend a couple of arborists in the Troy/Rochester area? Thanks.

No, we are not permitted to recommend brands or retailers. The treesaregood site can be searched by zipcode. It is the International Society of Arboriculture site, which requires the arborists to be educated and tested before certification. Call a few there explaining what you need. You will find someone there who can help you.
Regards, Laura