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Can I shave exposed roots from a Silver Maple tree to avoid damage when mowing?

No, you shouldn't interfere with them or damage them in any way, you may compromise the tree if you do. If possible, remove the grass that's near the roots, plant ground cover instead or just mulch ...
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How should I deal with tree root pushing on brick retaining wall?

If you cut the root you will damage the leaves that are fed by that root. That root also provides structural stability. A better idea is to rebuild or remove the retaining wall in that area. The ...
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Why is it bad to till wet soil?

I think you're conflating two things - tilling wet soil and jumping straight to 'artificial' soil to create particular conditions for seeds to grow in,but the one doesn't necessarily lead to the other....
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Will shaving the top of a Red Maple's roots hurt the tree?

I'm sorry to say it will hurt the tree - over time, as they mature, many trees develop buttress roots at their base, but upheaval around the base of a tree, even without buttress roots, is to be ...
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Is it bad practice to leave dead roots in soil?

Is leaving them in there better or worse than taking them out? In a pot, definitely take them out if you can. They will put out chemicals while decomposing (usually) that slow down the new plants (a ...
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Harm a tree by trimming top/exposed only part of root in lawn?

Evil Elf asked in a comment about studies of what does happen to trees when root work is done. A survey of web links shows that root pruning is commonly given as good advice. Academic studies of the ...
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Does my Sago Palm have root rot?

Agree with Jim Young's answer, point given, but would add these are referred to as coralloid roots, and are common on Sago palm, image below https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:...
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Tree roots grinded near trunk

You don't say what part of the world you're in, and that makes a difference to legal procedures, but if the tree is close enough to damage your house should it fall, here in the UK, I'd advise my ...
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Do roots normally need air around them to grow better?

Generally speaking, plants do not use their stems to breathe but there are always exceptions (like cacti). The rule is that plants respire through their stomata, which are (typically) located on the ...
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Why is it bad to till wet soil?

Roots show positive gravitropism meaning that they grow towards the direction of gravitational pull. Vigorous plants like trees need to anchor themselves in compact soil, while small and delicate ...
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Are these growths on my houseplant roots?

This is definitively a Yucca elephantipes. Not Dracaena. It is indeed an air root coming out of it. However, this plant is one of the easiest to propagate, you can just cut of the top of the stem or ...
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What's the difference between corms, bulbs, and tubers?

Bulbs Bulbs are plant storage organs generally grown underground, consisting of a short stem (the basal plate), from which grow overlapping, swollen leaves or leaf bases. The top growth emerges from ...
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Does pruning the tree slow root growth?

Tree pruning will not necessarily slow root growth. The best way to deal with the possibility of roots getting into things they shouldn't is to Dig a trench about six to eight inches deep between ...
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Sprouting dried avocado pit

If they are all dried out then they are dead. Avocado pits need to be planted pretty quickly after being removed from their fruit. On your first success, how did you start the pit? The method I'...
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How should I stabilize a tree with a malformed root ball?

The right way to stake a tree is to use two or three stakes, spaced equally around the tree, and outside of the tree's root system. If you have just one stake, the tree can freely move toward the ...
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How to completely rid my potting soil/container of fungi which seems to continually attack my plants

I would also suggest that you only water the plants in the morning when the excess water will evaporate in the sunlight. I made this mistake several times with midnight watering which caused my salvia,...
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What should I do about old invasive redwood roots after the trees are cut down?

Tree roots stop growing immediately after the tree has been felled, but may take weeks to months (and longer) to die unless the stump has been poisoned with a herbicide. If the stump is not treated, ...
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How long can celery grow from water alone?

It depends. I'm currently grown some philodendron vines in water for propagation purposes. They will stay in water for a long time with no ill effect. However, I believe that all the plants growing is ...
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Growing Epipremnum aureum stem roots on potted plant

This is a vigorous tropical climber. It can be propagated in numerous ways: cuttings rooted in water cuttings rooted in a medium like vermiculite or perlite layering where you root part of the stem ...
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Can I shave exposed roots from a Silver Maple tree to avoid damage when mowing?

Far better to mulch the area or otherwise remove it from mowing. A huge tree is a huge issue when it's in trouble, and cutting roots is very likely to cause trouble, as the tree depends on the ...
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Saving sun-scorched succulents

I'm sorry I don't know the cause of your damage, but I have a lot of experience with sedums, and can reassure you that a healthy plant can grow even if the top is damaged, dead, or broken off; and ...
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Why are my vegetable plants in my hydroponic system dying?

Any moist material placed against the stem of a plant can cause stem rot which is why you are not supposed to put material against a transplant higher then the original soil interface with tomatoes ...
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Pinus pinea close to the house

I don't know that I'd consider it dangerous to plant the tree that close, but from a design perspective I wouldn't do it with any large tree - the tree will eventually dwarf the house and the effect ...
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Does new green growth suggest root growth?

Continuous growth, yes, it does signify root growth. The exception to this would be when moisture stored in the trunk and branches is expended to push out the foliage, but then not replaced by the ...
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Will my tree survive after have a section of root cut off?

All you can do is keep it well watered and keep your fingers crossed. Cutting off a major root from a living tree is always a risk, and only time will tell whether the tree will recover or die, I'm ...
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Are the roots of cherry trees dangerous to house foundations?

Wild cherry trees like the pin cherry and the bird cherry have quite surprising root systems. The roots can extend out way past the drip line in search of water and nutrients. Your foundation is not ...
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Should I remove old rotten tree roots or leave them in place when I regrade my yard?

Remove it. If it is soft, you can do it by hand, otherwise use a stump grinder. Replace it with topsoil. The wood, if left in the soil, will rob it from nitrogen, and also sink in once decomposition ...
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What to do against my Catalpa rooting in the neighbour's garden?

Whether these are the roots of your tree or some other tree does not really matter. Most tree roots grow within six inches of the surface. For sake of peace with your neighbour follow these easy steps:...
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Are bird's nest ferns deeply rooted?

Given that most of the fern's rootball appears to be sitting well above soil level, I'd attempt to dig it out. You don't want the lime tree, so if you destroy some of its roots in the process, it ...
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