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By Ophelia

United Kingdom Gb

Thank you for your replies to the question about poplars. The reason I am asking is because our neighbours have two poplar trees which are about 50 feet from our conservatory, and we are experiencing subsidence there. We love trees and have not asked them to remove the poplars, but just cut them back so that the demand for water in our clay soil is not so great. They to are experiencing movement in the soil because their paving slabs are now uneven and rocking as they are walked on.



Ophelia you need to post this as a reply to your original question, then all those who responded will get an alert to know there is a new comment.

7 Oct, 2011


I remember the original question - in the circumstances, Ophelia, I would take the advice of a landscape architect or a highly qualified arboriculturalist - you've not said how large the trees are currently, but sometimes, cutting trees down increases rather than solves the problem. If the trees are old and mature, reducing their water uptake may cause more problems. If the trees haven't been in too long, then it might be worth pollarding them to see if it helps.

7 Oct, 2011


Poplar tree roots are as long as the tree is high, if you get my drift, so it will cause probems to buildings if they are growing nearby.

7 Oct, 2011


The trees are mature, and are about 70-80 feet in height. Other poplar trees in other neighbours gardens have been pollarded with seemingly no problems.

7 Oct, 2011


Ophelia, if you say the trees are 70-80' in height then the roots are bound to be under your conservatory if they are only 50' away! Maybe some soil samples will show what is causing the problem and even some roots may be found in the soil. We have just had this kind of problem sorted out by an offending cherry tree 15' from our front door! It has taken four years (one year to monitor) to get the tree removed and our house re-built!

7 Oct, 2011

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