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Can You Remove Tree Roots Without Damaging the Tree?

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Here at Essex Tree Brothers, we often get calls from property owners who have attempted to remove tree roots themselves and ended up causing a lot of damage. While it’s possible to remove tree roots without harming a tree, your average home gardener probably won’t know how to do so. Here’s how a tree surgeon Colchester property owners recommend can help.

Removing Tree Roots

Removing tree roots can be a complicated process, and the following factors must be taken into account before attempting any kind of root removal:

  • The size and age of the tree
  • The location and extent of the root system
  • The overall health of the tree

If the root that you want to remove is small enough and is not too close to the trunk, then it may be feasible to prune it carefully without causing significant harm to the tree. However, larger roots that provide critical support and help the tree to get nutrients from the soil should not be removed unless absolutely necessary. Knowing what kind of root you are removing can be tough, and you might not have that information regarding the tree itself to start with.

The Consequences of Improper Root Removal

Attempting to remove large or vital roots can lead to severe consequences such as:

  • Reduced stability, making the tree more susceptible to falling during storms or high winds
  • Decreased ability to absorb water and essential nutrients, which could result in stunted growth, decline, or even the death of the tree
  • Increased risk of infection and decay due to exposed wounds on the trunk or branches

Why Hiring a Professional Matters

We strongly advise against DIY root removal attempts, especially in the case of mature trees. When you choose to work with us, you can benefit from expert knowledge at every stage. We’ll carry out a thorough assessment to determine whether root removal is truly necessary, and then we’ll put together a plan of action for your tree. We will ensure that only non-essential roots are removed, minimising negative effects on the tree’s health and stability.
Our tree surgeons have access to the specialist tools and safety gear that are required for successful root removal. Attempting to perform these tasks without proper equipment can lead to injury or further damage to the tree, so it pays to call in our team. Once the work has been completed, we will advise you on how to best care for your tree going forward, giving it the best possible chances of going on to thrive.

Talk to Us Today

While it might seem tempting to tackle tree root problems yourself, it’s always a better idea to call in the experts. We work in homes and business premises all over Essex and will be happy to answer all of your questions regarding tree root removal. So, get in touch today.

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