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The pruning of roots instead of branches.

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Will an arborvitae grow back after I cut the trunk?

I had this "horizontal" arborvitaes in the front yard of the house I just moved into. I wanted to replace them with flowers. I tried to unroot them but the roots go down just too deep and ...
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Can I trim the roots of a root bound plant?

I have a large bird of paradise in a 12" pot. I recently found that the plant is just about root bound, and ideally should be moved to a larger pot. However, I don't know if I have space to ...
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How to pull apart root ball that grew around a sprinkler valve?

Just bought a new house, and after a great deal of searching I finally found one of the sprinkler valves (manual) to the sprinklers I keep seeing around the yard. When I opened it up, I saw a very ...
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Does new green growth suggest root growth?

Zone 8, USA I planted six Oakleaf Holly bushes in November 2020. They were container grown and unfortunately very pot-bound. I performed some serious root pruning before planting into the earth. (This ...
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Suggested pot size for fruit trees?

In different orangeries the pots for fruit trees (in particular citrus fruit) seem rather small compared to what some gardeners suggest, and also compared to the following root ball table. What ...
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Fiddle leaf tree - is this root dead?

Please check images below. The fiddle leaf tree has been losing leaves, and they were brown at their endings. When the leaves fall, I noticed inside there is a brownish water. Is it possible to save ...
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Should I cut these roots on a potted holly?

Shown are the roots of a potted holly tree. Should these roots be cut before planting? How agressively should I remove roots? I do not want to kill the plant. What about those thicker roots? Some in ...
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How close can I cut roots on large established ficus trees without killing the tree or causing it to fall over?

We have 3 trees that are about 30 years old and maybe 30 feet tall. We are installing new patios and want to cut the roots back so they don't buckle the patios. The trees are about 10 feet away from ...
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Pine tree root blocking my waterfall stream

60 foot tall pine has a 4-6 inch root traversing my stream. The water will not flow over the root (too high) and going under the root will also cause problems. Is it safe to cut the root? Perhaps ...
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Is it necessary to replace old soil when repotting a rootbound plant?

Yesterday, I repotted a rootbound monstera into a larger pot. I had been told that replacing the old soil wasn't a high priority if it meant cutting out too many roots, so I simply added new soil ...
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Should I cut off roots that grow out from a pot's drain?

I have a Ficus lyrata whose roots have grown out of the 25cm pot's drain hole. They form a dish shape within the pot's dish. Is it wise to cut these roots so that the pot can sit level again, or is it ...
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What happens if I cut some of the roots of a cottonwood tree?

I have a large 54" (1.37 m) diameter cottonwood tree that is 16 feet (5 m) away from where a storm sewer is to be installed. I am sure roots will be cut, but will this tree survive? If the chances are ...
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Should I prune all the rootstock's suckers from the Cherry plant (Brooks)

Should I prune all the rootstock's suckers from the Cherry plant (Brooks)
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If the tree roots must be reduced, is it wise to reduce the crown too?

Let's say a driveway must be dug in the vicinity (but not closer than 1m) of a large tree (in my case it is a Juglans regia, but I would like the question, and possible answers, to be as generic as ...
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Succulent spreading outward, Exposed roots

Please see pics below. I'm assuming (possibly shouldn't assume) that this succulent was in poor light before I brought it home because of all the spreading. What's the proper thing to do with it? I'm ...
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How/if to transplant a 15' Catalpa?

About 25 years ago three catalpa (Indian bean tree) seeds were planted in the Northern Hemisphere in a temperate climate. They came from the Southern Hemisphere and seem may have been from a Catalpa ...
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Finally got the rootball out, please diagnose the roots and health of this plant

Related question: Are these roots healthy or bad? My Dracaena Reflexa Pleomele started having tiny yellow spots for some weeks. As a result, I was asked to take the rootball and inspect it. I took ...
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Will shaving the top of a Red Maple's roots hurt the tree?

We have a large Red Maple tree in a large back yard. The roots have pushed up the concrete on a walkway. I have a friend who wants to practice concrete work for his university class and is willing to ...
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Does an Amaryllis plant *need* to go into dormancy?

I have an amaryllis plant that has nearly run its course and I want to replant it again. I'm growing it inside, so I have a year-round growing season. Once I cut the leaves and roots off for the bulb ...
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How to deal with very packed Spathiphyllum roots when repotting? [duplicate]

I have a bad case of Spathiphyllum abuse... I knew it was due for repotting, but I didn't think it was that bad. I need advice as to what to do with the roots. Should I just try to separate them a ...
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Why should I prune roots of bare root blackberries before planting?

I bought some bare root blackberries from a reputable nursery and in the instructions they said to "prune roots 1/2" to 1" with sharp pruning shears" before planting. What purpose does this serve?
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Does pruning the tree slow root growth?

We have a cherry tree, and neighbours, which is only about 4 years old, and I would say about 5 metres high. Neighbours are worried that its roots might eventually damage supply/drainage pipes in ...
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What's the next action I should take with this rootbound plant?

After some help with what I should do with this plant, I've neglected to check its roots of for some time. I believe it to be a species of asparagus grass, though if someone wants to correct that ...
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Relocating an apple tree - when should this be done?

A long time ago (about ten years), I put some apple seeds in the ground, and now I have an apple tree. The only problem is that it is too close to the neighbour's house, and might do some damage to it ...
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Is there a long term solution to prevent tree shoots from coming up in lawn?

The shoots coming up in the middle of my lawn (see picture) I believe they are from the roots of a cherry tree that is roughly 15 feet away (I could be wrong, there is also a Pear and Maple tree ...
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My tree has root damage: how can I save it?

I cut a few of the roots around my tree. My tree is now in shock: the leaves are curling and it's losing some of them. The tree itself is drooping. Is there anything I can do for my tree?
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Tree roots are removing the tiles of my flooring. What to do?

I have a mango tree in my backyard. Recently we are seeing that our flooring tiles in room towards my backyard has started protruding because of the roots underneath. I dont want to cut the tree. Is ...
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How do I manage roots in a multi-plant planter?

I have a plastic, rectangular planter with a variety of plants. I recently added a new plant to an empty spot, and found that the region was already thick with root fibers from the other plants in the ...
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How do I prune the roots of a rootbound plant?

This answer talks about pruning the roots of a plant when it has become rootbound. How easy is it and how do you go about it?
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Should I remove the tree roots coming from the neighbouring garden?

When I was digging out* a patch to grow veggies earlier in the spring I found big roots in the soil unconnected to anything in our garden. It looks like they're coming from some kind of palm trees ...
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Can I cut off exposed tree roots without harming the tree?

Large trees often have roots protruding out of the ground around the base of the trunk (such as the ones that can push up sidewalks next to the tree). When is it safe to cut those roots (that might be ...
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