Posted: 06/07/2014 at 10:26
Dogbowl I go along with the advice on speaking to the neighbour and maybe having a tree surgeon examine the roots. Reason being last year and this a neighbour and I had a lot of problems with roots from trees on either side of our garden fences. One enormous gum tree was a nightmare as it caused ridges and had really nasty spikey bits popping up on both our lawns and beds. The thickest roots nearest the tree were large and it seemed there is a law (this is in Scotland) about not sawing down branches, trees or roots where they had grown to 4" in diameter. There was also some drainage consideration with hidden pipes under the ground so it was all a right pickle to trace where all the roots and bits were. So had to have an expert take a look-see in case we did something which affected the drainage in particular. Have a much smaller tree on the other neighbour side and apparently if we mess about with the roots on that, the tree would react in different ways which would cost a lot of money to rectify - other than have an expert remove the entire thing.
I made a BIG mistake gaily sawing off the branches and visible roots of an elder blocking our window a few years ago as I wanted rid of it. It made the house dark. As it temporarily went into shock reaction it attracted a swarm of black flies as the tree started to weaken and they were a nightmare to get rid of. I was told to leave the roots well alone for a long time, something to do with poisoning the surrounding soil. I just took the adviser at his word. Four years down the line, it turns out he was right in this particular instance. Nothing would grow within 6 feet of the blasted thing and as the roots wanted to keep growing, they initially came back fast and furious. The whole lot is gone now, but I ended up spending more time on it than I would have had I had someone in the know deal with it. It was such a palaver that I started to get a bit wary of the old wives tales about it being the witches tree.