||07-14-2010 03:12 PM
Cutting Magnolia tree roots
I live in a Southern California Valley neighborhood. There is a flowering Magnolia tree and the roots of the tree had pushed up all the concrete driveway. So, I removed the concrete. There are thin scraggly roots on top of the dry dirt that stretch out almost 20 feet (to the house itself). I want to cut these roots back to about 10 feet from the base of the tree. Will that damage the tree? I will be laying some dirt/compost and gravel to replace the cement for the car to park on. I was told this would be better for the tree roots. Is that accurate?