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    Michael Borre Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Jul 22, 2006, 07:46 PM
    Cutting maple tree roots
    I am digging a 18" diameter hole for a carport footing. There is a 3 1/3 root that runs through the place where the hole is. The hole is about 20 feet from the tree and the root is about 2 feet from the surface. The tree is at least 40 years old and over 40 feet tall. Can I cut this root without doing any damage to the tree.
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    fredg Posts: 4,926, Reputation: 674
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    Jul 23, 2006, 08:48 AM
    Probably Yes.
    Roots to trees extend on out to at least the full tree branch diameter. Cutting one root should not cause any damage to the tree.
    I had one cut down last year, big one. I'm still getting small growth from all around where the tree was, cutting them again every time I mow the grass.
    Best wishes.

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