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Hello all.

I am concered about this tree growing so close to a drain in my front garden.

I think the root may of already pushed up some of concrete surrounding. Is this tree and the roots likely to continue growing?

Any advice would be welcome.

 

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Probably not the best bit for planting having a tree that close to drainage when it looks as though it could have been planted in a different location.

It is often accepted that tree roots cannot penetrate drains are fully serviceable and intact, however if there are small cracks or fractures roots will often enter and exploit the new water source which is not what you want unless you are friendly with your local drainage contractor. This will potentially lead to issues down the line.

If it were me I would remove the tree due to the proximity to the drains and the house and replant something else where on the property. I struggle to see the long term viability of a tree like that with the conflicting landscape features.

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2 hours ago, JaySmith said:

Probably not the best bit for planting having a tree that close to drainage when it looks as though it could have been planted in a different location.

It is often accepted that tree roots cannot penetrate drains are fully serviceable and intact, however if there are small cracks or fractures roots will often enter and exploit the new water source which is not what you want unless you are friendly with your local drainage contractor. This will potentially lead to issues down the line.

If it were me I would remove the tree due to the proximity to the drains and the house and replant something else where on the property. I struggle to see the long term viability of a tree like that with the conflicting landscape features.

There's the issue of root heave as well. The nominal fall for a sewage pipe is between 1 in 40 and 1 in 80. If that's reduced to 1 in 110, it's usually enough for the flow to stop and solids to impact causing a blockage even if there's no obstruction in the pipe. Tree roots running under a sewer can do this very easily, even with modern plastic pipe, and in more than one place. Which means digging the lot out and relaying it, and removing the tree. I'd definitely take it out now.

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There's the issue of root heave as well. The nominal fall for a sewage pipe is between 1 in 40 and 1 in 80. If that's reduced to 1 in 110, it's usually enough for the flow to stop and solids to impact causing a blockage even if there's no obstruction in the pipe. Tree roots running under a sewer can do this very easily, even with modern plastic pipe, and in more than one place. Which means digging the lot out and relaying it, and removing the tree. I'd definitely take it out now.


Sure, appreciate that roots can impact the drop of pipe work thus causing further issues down the road. However in this instance given the size of the stem and overall tree size not sure it would be an issue here. But agree I would remove as I said to begin with.
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10 hours ago, MatP said:

Is this tree and the roots likely to continue growing?

I'm guessing you haven't lived in the house long. 2-4 feet per year, it doesn't seem to have much competition and maybe has a nice drain to drink from. Remove before it takes over.

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10 hours ago, MatP said:

Hello all.

I am concered about this tree growing so close to a drain in my front garden.

I think the root may of already pushed up some of concrete surrounding. Is this tree and the roots likely to continue growing?

Any advice would be welcome.

 

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Yes it will keep growing. 

 

Remove it along with any other Leylandi in your possession and replant with something better. 

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I think Leylandii, and cypress trees in general, are absolutely beautiful trees when left in the middle of a big field and allowed to do their thing. I think it's downright cruel to keep in a cage like most are.

 

This one is in the wrong place, and the longer you keep it the more expensive it will be to get rid of when the moment comes. Put it on the ground and give the sunlight to something else.

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