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In some cases an alternative to cutting through the entire tree root is to shave the top of the root. This can be done when roots are lifting walkways or new walkways are being installed.
The amount shaved should be kept to a minimum.
It is really important to stay as far away from the trunk as possible.
No more than 1/3rd of the top of the root should be shaved. Make clean cuts when cutting roots. Use sharp loppers or a sharp hand saw.
Don’t leave ragged edges on the root ends. Try to cut Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. Remove as much dirt as you can from around the tree roots with a shovel, providing enough room to work a landscape bar safely and to set the post. 2 Cut the roots with the landscape bar by grasping. Also, roots that are more than two inches wide or close to the trunk should not be pruned, cut or dug through because they help anchor the tree.
Tree age and species will also affect how the plant reacts. Before attempting to cut tree roots, talk to your arborist about what may or may not be safe for your tree.
If you find roots larger than 4 cm diameter, use a spade to clear the dirt from around the root as much as possible and then use a small chain saw to cut the roots on both sides of the hole. You'll probably have to resharpen the chain afterwards, but this is the still the fastest way. If the roots are less than 4cm in diameter, cut them with loppers. Aug 30, I used my SDS-Max with a wide chisel to cut thru tree roots on several occasions. It works quite well, but if the surrounding soil is loose or sandy it becomes trickier as the chisel may have a bouncy effect when applied to the root.
Here, that’s rarely an issue as the soil.
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