I have to remove a few of the roots for our neighbour's wretched cherry tree because they are beginning to cause damage to our property. I have been digging down under the roots which are very close to the surface. and they all seem healthy, and 3" to 4" in diameter, but there is at least one deeper and far bigger, and very soft root. I also intend to prune the tree back to the fence, which means cutting off the main first branch off the tree eventually. First we will begin with anything overhanging our garage roof, some fifteen foot up.
However, being a novice gardener I do not know if the big softer root is normal or if I am supposed to paint anything on the ends of the roots still joined to the tree. I know there is a product to paint onto a tree after removing branches.
So do roots need any TLC after pruning?
Is the very big soft root normal and can I cut this away from the tree?
And when we prune the main tree do we need to buy and paint the stuff on the fresh stubs or do we just invite our neighbour to do it?
All advice welcome,