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  1. #1
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    Default River Birch Roots Taking Over

    We have 2 large river birch trees in our backyard. The roots are coming to the surface and beginning to take over the yard. It is killing the grass in areas and we are afraid the roots are going to spread under the house and driveway and cause problems. What can we do to get our yard back and keep the trees. We really like them. Thanks!

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    Default Re: River Birch Roots Taking Over

    Nothing. Addig soil to smooth things out helps but only a temp help.

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    Default Re: River Birch Roots Taking Over

    So the long term solution would be to remove the trees?

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    Default Re: River Birch Roots Taking Over

    Become one with the roots. These are pretty trees, perhaps a large planter and some mulch or just mulch.

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    Default Re: River Birch Roots Taking Over

    Yes Remove the trees. If you replant consult with your local nurseryman or arborist to make sure the trees you replant don't shade out the grass or have roots that come to the surface. Mountain Ash is a nice species with tiny leaves that don't have to be raked, light shade so grass can grow and a nice specimen tree.

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    Default Re: River Birch Roots Taking Over

    These are beautiful trees and we would like to keep them, however they are about 40 feet tall now and some of the roots are out of the ground nearly a foot high and starting to spread everywhere. Our daughter trips on them when she's out there. Not to mention our grass is starting to be replaced with dirt spots with tiny roots from the tree.

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