While mature trees are normally more susceptible to long term damage than younger, more vigorous trees, damage to the tree depends on many factors such as the size of the cuts, how close the cuts are made to the trunk and how many cuts are made. Shallow root systems, roots in compacted or poorly drained soil are also likely to suffer greater damage from digging, root pruning or other construction activities close the tree trunk.
Opinions on how close to the tree you can cut the roots varies depending on who you ask. Some experts recommend no closer than 6 to 8 inches from the trunk for each inch of the trunks diameter on mature trees. There are others who prefer that roots not be cut no closer than 3 to 5 times the trunk diameter.
There are many factors to be considered that can affect how your tree responds to root pruning. Factors such as … is the tree already leaning? What are the size of the roots? What species of tree is it? What is the tree’s age and condition? What is the soil type? How close to the trunk will the cuts be made?
With such an important decision to be made, it’s best to consult an expert to discuss the best course of action. Call and speak with one of our trained staff at Mid Florida Tree Service today. We’re here to help you make the right decision.