Roots of Weeping Willow Too Close to House?

How do I repair the roots of a weeping willow when they are too close to the house?


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June 3, 20180 found this helpful
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When the roots are too close to the house you may have problems. They are looking for water and may find their way into your plumbing pipes and cause a blockage. I would suggest that you trim the roots back away from the house instead of trying to repair them. Good luck.

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June 4, 20180 found this helpful
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I don't know if willow roots are different than others, but I strongly urge you to get them away from your house as soon as possible, which depending on how far they spread, may necessitate tree removal.


When I had my home inspection before moving into my house years ago, the man told me to have the 2 front maple trees removed IMMEDIATELY or they would crack my foundation--he showed me where the damage was just starting on the one corner, as they push forward trying to grow. They also had started to buckle the sidewalk.

What he missed (but I am not sure how he could have known it since they don't put cameras down drains in home inspections) was that a Locust tree on the other side of the yard had roots that got into my sewer pipes and that was a huge expensive fix a few years later when there was a big sewage back up into my basement (BIG YUCK).

Sadly all my trees are gone (they were beautiful), but the roots can do a lot of damage.

Be sure to get several bids and recommendations on tree removals and always get the stump removed...we were very lucky, but some friends have had really bad experiences.

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June 3, 20180 found this helpful

You want to call someone in to trim those roots before they damage your plumbing or housing foundation

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June 7, 20180 found this helpful

We are assuming your tree is close to your house but Weeping Willow roots can extend quite a distance.

  • In any case, you must stop the roots that are anywhere near your house no matter what decision you make about the tree.
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  • If someone can cut the roots and place a barrier between the house and the tree you may be able to save the tree; but only a real tree person could advise you about how to handle this problem.
  • Weeping willows seek water so maybe try giving plenty of water on the opposite side away from your house may help until you find a better way.
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