Getting Rid of Tree Roots After Tree Removal 

Some people don’t know this, but getting rid of a tree doesn’t mean you’re also getting rid of the roots. Tree roots can become a huge problem if they keep on growing after you get rid of the tree. Some of these issues include damaging your driveway, cracking your home’s foundation, and blocking your sewer pipes.  

For those who don’t know, the roots of your tree can spread up to 3 times the radius of its canopy. In the right conditions, the roots can spread even more.  

Because of this, people choose to hire Oahu tree services to help them remove the roots. However, if you want to do it on your own, here are some tips: 

Using Roundup  

Roundup concentrate will kill the roots of your tree. It contains glyphosate, an active ingredient that is toxic to humans. Thus, you’ve got to ensure you are extremely cautious when using it.  

You will have to utilize a paintbrush to spread the solution over the root area. Drilling holes in the roots and then brushing the solution into the root is another method you can try.  

After exposing your tools to the Roundup solution, remember to clean them right away. The biggest disadvantage of using Roundup is that it will stop plant life from growing in that location.  

Using Epsom Salts  

While Epsom salts will take a long period to take effect, they work by depriving the roots of water.  

All you’ve got to do is to drill a couple of holes across the roots you want to kill. The holes should be around 3 to 4 inches. Since Epsom salt solution is toxic to plant life, you need to ensure you do not fill the holes too much.  

You will have to repeat this process a couple of times over several months to completely kill the roots.  

Using Bleach  

Yes, you have read it right. You can use bleach to kill the roots of your dead tree. Just like the other methods, you will need to drill several holes into the tree roots. Next, use a paintbrush to spread bleach over the holes of the roots.  

The roots should die very quickly. If they are still alive, you can just repeat the process a couple of times until they are dead.  

Chemical vs. Natural Products 

Tree root killers utilize chemicals such as Dichlobenil and copper sulfate to help empty drainpipes and sewer lines of tree roots. However, there is a disadvantage to using this method. We all know that chemicals are toxic. They can harm you and the surrounding plant life.  

On the other hand, boiling water, salt, vinegar, and baking soda are natural root killers. Thus, you can usually use them anytime you want. However, they typically take longer to kill the tree root. Thus, you will have to repeat the process a couple of times.  

If you think you can’t kill tree roots on your own, don’t worry. You can always hire a professional arborist to help you.