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Root Pruning a Lombardy Poplar

Posted by Bryan Allsop , May 02,2006,07:52       Forum


I have a mature Lombardy Poplar tree in my front garden, which is situated next to my front retaining wall and next to a busy highway. The wall is leaning badly and has become dangerous, so I plan to have it dismantled and rebuilt. My problem is that I expect to find roots from the Polar tree in the area I will have to excavate, and this may mean chopping through them. Is there a correct way of doing this? Do the cuts need to be treated with anything. I have read that this type of work is best done in mid to late summer after a dry spell. Is this correct?
I had a survey done on the tree a couple of years ago, by a member of the International Society of Arboriculture and was told that the tree was in fair condition, approximately 80 years old and 24 metres high.

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

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