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Old 03-26-2011, 07:24 PM
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Will planting palm trees disturb underground irrigation lines with their root structures?
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Will planting palm trees disturb underground irrigation lines with their root structures?
I don't think so. The majority of the root system is large ball. The roots that spread are quite soft but they travel a long way. I have seen palms planted close to sidewalks and driveways with no apparent problems.
A palm is not a tree but related to grass.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:11 AM
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We just had a number of large palms planted and the crew took special effort to reroute the irrigation lines so that the palm trees would not be sitting directly of the water lines. In most cases the root ball was so big the depth of the hole had to go below the water lines . If youu have smaller trees this may not be such a problem. The root system of a palm tree is NOT like a Weeping Willow that gravitates to water and will mees up water lines.
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We just had a number of large palms planted and the crew took special effort to reroute the irrigation lines so that the palm trees would not be sitting directly of the water lines. In most cases the root ball was so big the depth of the hole had to go below the water lines . If youu have smaller trees this may not be such a problem. The root system of a palm tree is NOT like a Weeping Willow that gravitates to water and will mees up water lines.
Here in The Villages, a person's wealth can immediately be ascertained by the size of his root balls. The bigger the balls and tree, the more money he has, or used to have..............

We don't own any palms of our own...

We have root ball envy.
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Here in The Villages, a person's wealth can immediately be ascertained by the size of his root balls. The bigger the balls and tree, the more money he has, or used to have..............

We don't own any palms of our own...

We have root ball envy.
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I've read that palms have very long roots, thus their ability to withstand drought. Yet if the roots are soft (that's news to me, cool!!!!), then I can see where they won't harm streets nor water lines.
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As a long time Hawaii resident, I have some experience with palms. Most palms have a tap (anchor) root which extends straight down. The tap root keeps the tall palms swaying in the wind without falling over. The other roots are small and soft and usually 6 to 12 inches deep. They spread out in every direction. My yard in Hawaii is full of palm roots. The roots do not interfere with the sprinkler system or harm walk ways or foundations. You will not be able to plant a palm of any size over sprinkler piping due to the size of the root ball. The roots will be an issue if you plan to do any digging in the yard. One thing to keep in mind is that all these roots absorb moisture and you will need to water your grass more because the roots will suck the moisture from the same level as the grass roots. Palms are a good choice in tight areas because of their soft root systems. You can see them planted in circular holes cut in the sidewalks all over downtown Honolulu and Waikiki.
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Here in The Villages, a person's wealth can immediately be ascertained by the size of his root balls. The bigger the balls and tree, the more money he has, or used to have..............

We don't own any palms of our own...

We have root ball envy.
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Here in The Villages, a person's wealth can immediately be ascertained by the size of his root balls. The bigger the balls and tree, the more money he has, or used to have..............

We don't own any palms of our own...

We have root ball envy.
I KNEW IT... I JUST KNEW IT!!! When you, your daughter and S****** walked through our front door I said to myself... "Now theres a family that definitely has root ball envy!" Of course I didn't say anything in fear of being wrong and alienating you and your family on our first meeting, but now you've confirmed its true for sure. Boy, when it comes to recognizing people with root ball envy, I'm dang good, real dang good.. The Villages Florida ain't I? The Villages Florida...
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Gracie...great post...now i know why you are always smiling in your avatar. I tried to think of a proper response..... but their is none!!!!!!!!! I guess Im just gald of what I have "Big root ballls".......and to think I just got them last week!
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Here in The Villages, a person's wealth can immediately be ascertained by the size of his root balls. The bigger the balls and tree, the more money he has, or used to have..............

We don't own any palms of our own...

We have root ball envy.
Yep that gets three and a
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WOW!

Between Gracie's "balls" and JohnN's "soft, long roots" this is the funniest (and most informative) post we've had on this forum in a long time.

Thanks for a great laugh.
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WOW!

Between Gracie's "balls" and JohnN's "soft, long roots" this is the funniest (and most informative) post we've had on this forum in a long time.

Thanks for a great laugh.
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Well I hit the jackpot with this thread! I received good advice with a side of comedy. As far as Gracie's measurement of wealth via root balls and tree size, I can only offer that comparing them to my financial status, it doesn't compute. Now let's go back to the palm trees..............
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