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14/07/2013 at 19:16

Hi all,

I have recently moved into a new house from a flat and have been confronted with a unweildy cherry tree in the back garden.

So my post is really to ask what, if anything, I should do about it? The branches are going everywhere and there are roots breaking through the lawn (see the pictures)... I've not mown the lawn yet, could a mower go over the roots or do I have to go round? As you can see I really don't know where to start so any advice would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,

Owen

 

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14/07/2013 at 20:01

Sounds like bird cherry Prunus padus. I had two on common land just outside my garden and the runners travelled so far!!!!!

I would wait and see whether it is or not. Try a cherry...sour? bird cherry.

I hate to say get rid of a tree but it will grow enormous if you leave it. Certainly not a tree for the garden unless your garden is big. Birds probably put it there in the first place.

Make up for it by replacing with something more appropriate but still good for wildlife but don't plant anything until you have dealt with the runners or you will just have more cherry trees growing. 

Afraid you will have to dig them out 

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=6315

14/07/2013 at 21:52

So you'd say actually chop it down?? 

Again not wanting to sound stupid but would I need council permission to do that?

I've heard trees can be protected and you can be on the receiving end of a hefty fine for removing one..

14/07/2013 at 21:52

Oh and thank you for the advice!

14/07/2013 at 22:05

I would yes. No council permission will be needed for it. They tend to slap preservation orders on big trees without really knowing what they are doing unfortunately. 

15/07/2013 at 13:36

The first step I would take is to remove the ivy on the trunk. As there doesn't appear to be much in the garden I would be wary of removing the one feature there is.

I appreciate it is much too near to the fence and will ultimately damage it, but I am always loathe to cut down trees.

You can mow over the roots and any suckers that come up in the lawn.

15/07/2013 at 18:00

But Welsh they grow enormous! If Bazwah lets it grow he/she will have no garden left and the suckers will come up all over the place not just in the lawn. Fought two of these for ten years lol.

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