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#1 languid

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 02:42 AM

What can be done without physically damaging the tree?
Is it possible to cover an area of exposed roots with soil and turf?

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 10:44 AM

Cut them down, any time a tree is affecting play and the playing surfaces it is should not be there with very few exceptions.

 

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 12:06 PM

Not so easy. What do you for the exceptions?

Edited by languid, 29 September 2015 - 12:07 PM.


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 12:31 PM

Some people don't get that golf is played on the ground. Anything that interferes with this in the context of a defined fairway needs to be removed.
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Posted 29 September 2015 - 01:06 PM

Some tree species will spread their roots half way across a fairway, especially when the fairway is irrigated.

 

Putting soil and turf over the roots can starve them of oxygen and may kill the tree. Cutting and removing the roots may kill the tree and/or severely weaken it on one side so it blows over in the next wind storm.

 

IMHO, either remove the tree, or put in the suggested local rule.

 

(BTW, funny how the USGA Decisions web site replaces "root" with "rulesContents"!)



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Posted 29 September 2015 - 01:44 PM

Some tree species will spread their roots half way across a fairway, especially when the fairway is irrigated.
 
Putting soil and turf over the roots can starve them of oxygen and may kill the tree. Cutting and removing the roots may kill the tree and/or severely weaken it on one side so it blows over in the next wind storm.
 
IMHO, either remove the tree, or put in the suggested local rule.
 
(BTW, funny how the USGA Decisions web site replaces "root" with "rulesContents"!)

Yes I noticed the repeated typo in the on-line Decisions of the USGA and sent a feedback email. A few hours ago I got a thank you advising matter referred for attention.
Your info on potential for problems trying stuff like covering is something I suspected. Guess the Local Rule is best option for the moment.

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 02:42 PM

If the tree dies because its roots have been covered with dirt, then it shouldn't be on a golf course anyway.


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 06:49 PM

Which one of you tree choppers is Michael Clayton ?


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Posted 02 October 2015 - 07:14 PM

I'm of the opinion that you can cover the exposed roots with soil and turf. Shouldn't have an effect on the tree at all. Trees draw moisture from the ground with the roots, they don't use the root to absorb sunlight, that's the role of the leaves.. Only rule I'm aware of with trees and soil is NOT to build the soil up around the tree trunk.

This can cause the cambian layer ( bark) to rot, and effectively ring bark the tree, causing death.

We root prune the gums that line our fairways without any detriment to the trees. Of planting new trees, just be aware of their characteristics, growth habit, etc.

Edited by Ah Ben, 02 October 2015 - 07:22 PM.

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 03:49 PM

Glad you cleared that up Ben

I was a bit surprised at the idea that dirt on top of tree roots could harm the tree. Or that chopping out the odd root from an established tree would worry it too much.
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Posted 03 October 2015 - 09:50 PM

No worries mate.,we covered up the roots on some trees between 11/10 rough, they are still growing strong :)
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Posted 04 October 2015 - 10:45 AM

Some tree species will spread their roots half way across a fairway, especially when the fairway is irrigated.

Putting soil and turf over the roots can starve them of oxygen and may kill the tree. Cutting and removing the roots may kill the tree and/or severely weaken it on one side so it blows over in the next wind storm.

IMHO, either remove the tree, or put in the suggested local rule.

(BTW, funny how the USGA Decisions web site replaces "root" with "rulesContents"!)

I must admit that it has been a long time since I went to school, but I'm pretty sure trees don't need oxygen.
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Posted 04 October 2015 - 11:50 AM

Some tree species will spread their roots half way across a fairway, especially when the fairway is irrigated.
 
Putting soil and turf over the roots can starve them of oxygen and may kill the tree. Cutting and removing the roots may kill the tree and/or severely weaken it on one side so it blows over in the next wind storm.
 
IMHO, either remove the tree, or put in the suggested local rule.
 
(BTW, funny how the USGA Decisions web site replaces "root" with "rulesContents"!)

Reported to USGA Rules. They said will fix.

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 11:52 AM

I must admit that it has been a long time since I went to school, but I'm pretty trees don't need oxygen.


http://www.deeproot....ecome-anaerobic
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Posted 04 October 2015 - 12:00 PM

http://www.deeproot....ecome-anaerobic

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