It looks like it has grown around its container. Does anything need to be done about this? It is pretty close to the house. Thanks.
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Hmmm nice tree. Looks like a fan palm. Any recommendation on action would really only be fair in a professional consultation but I guess there is no problem making a few observations:
In summary it does not look like immediate action is needed, however the location right up against the fence is a poor choice. For a nice tree like that with its potential for height it should be in the middle of a large open space. If neighbourly relations are good, consult with them to see what their input is.
No worries. Virtually no chance of it tipping. Most of the roots are deep down into the ground. Those you see on the surface aren't what's holding it upright. Feel free to remove the bits of wood -- they aren't helping to hold the tree up and I don't think you could hurt the tree by removing them.
Many types of palms grow roots at or above the surface and around the base of the tree,which is sometimes called 'footing'. Generally, the roots of a palm form a sphere underground about as big as the sphere of the fronds.