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Re: Removing 1 Root On A Scots Pine 1m From It's Base

Subject: Re: Removing 1 Root On A Scots Pine 1m From It's Base
From: ronhow
Date: Dec 14 2000 17:56:06

It's your call as to whether the root is significant enough to destabilise
the tree but I would guess not if the tree is typical. You will have to make
a judgement on the overall root structure of the tree based upon the visible
root claws at the base. I would advise in this situation that you trace the
as far back to its origin at the tree base as possible, this may reduce
future risk.
However, Like the crowns of Pines it is my opinion that their roots do not
the regenerative powers associated with other species. Finally you provide
of information but not something that is critical, the trees overall
which should have an impact on your decision.

Hope this helps you to make that decision.

Ron ............

----- Original Message -----
From: Ben Myles Oates <>
To: UK Tree Care <>
Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2000 12:07 PM
Subject: RE: Removing 1 Root On A Scots Pine 1m From It's Base

The subject tree is a large mature Scots Pine.
50cm D.B.H      15m Height.
It is located on a raised bank between two property driveways.
The bank is 3m wide and 10m length.
The Scots Pine is growing in a row with 3 other trees.
The subject tree is the second in the row, approximately 7m from the
road side.
The driveway on the north eastern side was constructed of block
paving 9 years ago.
The drive is approximately 1m from the base of the tree.
The block paving has been lifted by roots in various places.
The longitudinal length of the raised area is 2m.
On lifting one of the blocks at 1.5m from the base of the tree to
view the root, it was estimated that it is approximately 10cm diameter.

Will the pruning of this root, cut back to the boundary, 1m from
it's base, cause an unacceptable level of risk associated with the
destabilization of the tree?
If this root is pruned how can the reoccurrence of the damage to the
drive be prevented?

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