Question: We just bought a home with a couple of large oak trees in the backyard. The roots of one of the trees are starting to uproot the pool deck. We had a guy come out to see what we should do and he just told us to pull the tree. I’m wondering what your opinion is on that.
NICK: You've got a lot of questions that you have to answer. First, how much damage is actually being done and is there a safety issue? Is it just kind of cracking it or is it really picking it up? Is it concrete? Is it wood? I don't know what kind of material it is. Then you have to decide what's the long-term effect of this. Oak trees are slow growing. Therefore, if you were to just sever the root and install a root barrier would that stop the problem? Ask yourself these questions, and then decide from there how you're going to proceed. I’d also get an opinion from either a tree surgeon or certified arborist. You can get some referrals from the International Society of Aboriculture. That organization has a pulse on the industry like none other.