New member here slowly converting from the dark side.
I've always been a bit leary about cutting roots, but it sounds like if there are some that circle and girdle, they need to be cut and it won't harm the tree. I have a bigtooth maple (about 10-12 feet tall, trunk diameter 5-6"). There is a circling root that hugs the trunk about a third of its circumference. It's beginning to press into the trunk. That appears to be the only problem.
Can I cut that root, say, an inch on either side of the trunk without harming the tree? And, can that root stay in place and allowed to naturally rot out if it doesn't easily break loose?
There are some solid roots protruding from the trunk with a good flare, so I don't think cutting the strangler will impact the health of the tree, but I want to be sure.
Also, is there some type of post-op care the tree should be given after the root is cut?
The tree in good shape. Real healthy. Good color. And it survived these ridiculous winds we've had over the last few weeks.
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