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Wet_Boots

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Tuesday, June 26th 2012, 12:41pm

from the mailbag, a question about a pipe

from Land O' Lakes, Florida, gateway to the Cypress Creek Flood Detention Area, reardonmiker61 writes: "I have Sprinkler pvc pipe under a Palm tree that apparently cracked . This pipe is literally in the middle of the roots under ground. The questions is if I start cutting away at the roots will the palm tree die??"

To which I can reply: "What in the heck am I supposed to know about palm trees?"

Seriously, though, since palm trees grow near the ocean, they aren't going to have taproots because those would be deep enough to hit salty water, so figure you don't want to go chopping at the palm roots to find the break. Dig a new pipe around the tree.

mrfixit

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Tuesday, June 26th 2012, 6:42pm

I don't know about Florida palms but in California the job you've described is impossible. The roots are in a ball and you have to snip them one at a time. A shovel wont even cut them. Maybe an ax will work.
Go around the tree if possible.

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