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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 8:48 pm 
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Hi guys,

Wondering what issues a may face digging out my garden near a big oak tree.

I want to dig out and move my garage backwards into my garden 20 foot. The garden is raised and 4-5 foot higher than the ground level of the existing garage so I will obviously be digging up earth 20 foot back, 13 foot wide and 4-5 foot deep. (God knows how many skips this will be).
Anyway I have a very large, old and fully grown oak tree in my garden. Through digging this out it will make the far corner of the garage come around 8 foot away from the oak. If you image a circle around the base of the oak this digging will take about 15-20% of the circle 8foot away if that makes sense.

Can I do this? Is it safe? I love the tree and don't want it damaging.

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I will obviously be digging up earth 20 foot back, 13 foot wide and 4-5 foot deep. (God knows how many skips this will be).

Anyway I have a very large, old and fully grown oak tree in my garden. Through digging this out it will make the far corner of the garage come around 8 foot away from the oak. If you image a circle around the base of the oak this digging will take about 15-20% of the circle 8foot away if that makes sense.

Can I do this? Is it safe? I love the tree and don't want it damaging.

Cheers


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General rule of thumb for tree roots is that they cover a similar spread as the tree canopy. A mature tree can usually handle losing a few far better than a young tree would.

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Any excavation within the spread of the canopy will cause you problems down the line, possibly years. Even storing materials under trees can lead to the same issues, die back of tallest parts of trees so be careful and avoid if you possibly can. Even consider replanting of same species now so when your tree does die back you've got a replacement.

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