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Cutting Roots with Common Sense

Many homeowners and landscapers deal with intrusive roots by grinding them down or removing them. This is sometimes expensive and also very harmful to the tree. When a tree’s roots are wounded, it can creates points of entry for pathogens and leaves the tree vulnerable to disease. If major roots are cut, it also reduces a tree’s ability to take up nutrients and water, and also makes it more susceptible to drought. Lastly, cutting roots can reduce a tree’s structural support. This can increase potential risk/danger because the tree may topple onto your house from high winds. Please exercise safety and caution or call a professional arborist from Get-R-Cut...or BOTH. Please contact us if you have further questions.

Please plan ahead...

People often get excited to plant new trees without doing the proper research beforehand. Everyone needs to understand how a tree could potentially damage your property if planted improperly. It is very important to take appropriate measures to prevent any damage BEFORE you plant a new tree. Tree roots thicken as they grow and will gradually push the shallow roots up toward the surface. So...soil that is near the surface is ideally suited for root growth. However, most tree roots are just below the surface and this will put those roots in conflict with man-made obstacles. Another thing to think about is that where soil is covered by a patio or a concrete driveway, roots that grow upward do not experience the normal growing patterns such as increased air or light. Therefore, they cannot tell they are reaching the surface. As a result, the roots often grow against the underside of pavement and become intrusive.


Two-Lined Chestnut Borer

Life Cycle

  • Adult beetles lay their eggs on stressed oak trees during June and July
  • Larvae pupate under the bark and remain there trough winter
  • Larvae feed on inner bark of live branches and stems
  • Adult beetles emerge through the D-shaped exit holes the following June


  • Treatment timelines are very dependent on the time of season, your tree, landscape, insect infestation levels and available treatment options
  • Water trees during drought periods. Drought conditions exist when there is less than 1 - 1 1/2" of rain fall per week
  • Do not fertilize without increasing water availability

If you have further questions, contact one of our arborists at Get-R-Cut...We know trees"

Two-Lined Chestnut Borer

Oak Wilt is not the only threat to oak trees. Another threat to oak trees is Two-Lined Chestnut Borer. Two-Lined Chestnut Borer is a beetle that attacks oak trees. It particularly damages oak trees during and after drought periods. The best prevention is reducing the impact of drought and other root stress from occurring to trees in urban landscapes.

All species of oak trees are susceptible to the Two-Lined Chestnut Borer. When Two-Lined Chestnut Borer is detected, it can be treated with systemic insecticides. As with all treatments, treatment timelines will vary and depends on the levels of tree infestation.

What to look for:

  • Tree canopy dieback
  • Small, sparse discolored leaves
  • Leaves turning uniformly red/brown
  • D-shaped exit holes in the bark where the adult borer exited the tree

We will cover the life cycle and treatment/prevention next time. If you have any questions prior to the next post, feel free to call our office.



We at Get-R-Cut like to have continuing education. We often times have Dr. Dave Roberts out to help train our arborists, grounds crew and even office staff on pests and tree diseases. We had Dr. Dave out yesterday to teach on Oak Wilt. As you know, Oak Wilt is growing very common in our area and we talk about it often. However, we were also educated on Two-Lined Chestnut Borer. This is a new one for me, but Jared knows all about this little pest. We want our arborists to be educated and our customers to be aware of what to watch for. More info to follow on this subject! Please contact us if you have any questions. 



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what people say

  • I met Jared at a Business Network International meeting. Every person I spoke with recommended JB Landscape Services for their professionalism, dependability, honesty, and integrity.

    I asked for a load of seasoned hardwood cut in 16" lengths. Forty-eight hours later we had a full cord and a short bit more. It appeared to be a mixture of oak, birch, and hickory. None of it appeared to be green. We have burned three fires and each one has been perfect--easy to start--and each burned to complete ash.

    I understand that they have since begun focusing their business solely on the tree service side of landscaping as Get-R-Cut.com. There is every reason to believe that this is the perfect realignment.

    At least from this experience, I wholeheartedly recommend this family owned business.

    Thanks Baxter's. You're great!
    Jim Weidner

  • I had Get-R-Cut come to my house to do some pruning on Oak trees in my backyard. We had some areas that we had different kinds of plants that were directly under the trees to be pruned that we did not want damaged. Jared and Chris did a great job in avoiding any damage to those areas. Jared did a great job in removing a lot of dead branches and pruning up the trees to providing an idea shape to them. Chris, Jared's helper, did a tremendous job managing things on the ground and constantly removing brush and cutting up branches to move to their chipper.
    The clean up process was very well done. I would highly recommend them to others if they need trees pruned or removed. I will be having them return to remove 3 very large trees from our front yard in the near future to get rid of potential problems with them.

    John VanOveren

  • Jared and his Team at Get-R-Cut did an excellent job removing two trees in our back yard and trimming 4 large oaks we had in our front yard. I have worked with Jared on other projects in the past and I will continue to call on Jared for future projects.
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