Should I stay or should I go?

We have this ficus growing at the top of our bank. My one son feels we should chop it down but I am unsure. Would its root structure not support the bank or could it damage the retaining wall?


6 Responses to Should I stay or should I go?

  1. Lorraine May 14, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Almost all figs have incredibly invasive root systems.
    Google: Ficus South Africa root systems
    for sites describing the effects and warnings about Ficus root systems, then make your decision.

  2. mol-d May 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    cut it! the last tree to have an invasive root system brought the whole bank down. what about a lovely coral tree or some groundcover?

  3. Niall McNulty May 15, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Mol-d, you are the son who wants to chop it down and a biased commenter!

  4. Helen May 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    The tree is gone!! Chopped down today. Thank you Lorraine for your advice to look on Google.

    Now I need to poison what’s left of the root system. Is diesel a good idea?

  5. Lorraine May 16, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Diesel might work but could take a long time. Perhaps it would be better to use Garlon, which is mixed with diesel. Alternatively, for the ‘green’ solution, dig along the roots and remove them – the tree wasn’t very big so you would probably be able to eradicate it completely.

    As to Coral trees, they are also in the invasive root category. For a list of some some of our most beautiful trees with non-invasive roots, do an advanced search on my website, ( and choose:
    Tree, from the heading plant group; and
    Roots non-invasive, from the general information box, then hit the search
    button. My personal favourites are Bolusanthus speciosa and Calpurnea aurea.

  6. mol-d May 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    victory!! 😀

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