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Wendy
neighbour wants to prune the roots of our 100 year old Norfolk pine - could it damage 1970s pool at this age?

Our neighbour is concerned the roots of our 100 year old Norfolk pine which are lifting the timber edges of his 1970s pool and wants to prune the roots. I doubt that such an old tree would do this moron it's senescence. I am concerned that this heritage tree will die if it is pruned like this or it could become unstable. Our house is heritage listed with our local council and I know that many Araucarias were planted next to our oldest houses. I think the tree is much more important than their pool but of course understand that they don't see it that way. Our council don't seem to be able to offer much advice except to say they thought it unlikely the tree would damage the concrete pool. Is there someone you can suggest with expertise here I could talk to? Any literature I could reference? I realise this isn't the sort of question you normally get but don't know where to turn.

Submitted: 10:45AM, 02 Aug 2017
Answer: Hi Wendy,

Thanks for contacting Yates.

Older trees can be very sensitive with any root disturbance. The case that it is such an older tree, I would recommend getting in a registered arborist to have a good look over the tree and to assist with any disturbances or pruning. Also before any work is carried out, check with your local council as well to ensure that all of their requirements are met.

Hopefully, this will give you some guidance.

Kind regards

Stephanie
Yates Horticulturalist

Category: General
Answered: 09:08AM, 03 Aug 2017

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