Hi there! My husband and I inherited a weeping willow tree with our new house. We now realize how bad they are and we know we have to remove the tree very soon due to the root system and our septic. How do we go about that? The tree is fairly young. Only about 10 feet tall. Can we dig it up and move it? Should we just cut it down? Will the roots resprout if we don't dig them out? Is there something we can get to kill the roots? We want to put a better tree in its place... Can anybody help?
Unless you really want to move it somewhere else on your lot, just get out the 'ol saw and cut it down. If it's only 10 feet tall it won't be hard. As for the roots, I'd get out your shovels and dig a circle around the trunk about 3 feet in diameter. Remove the base of the tree and any roots you find. Don't worry about being too particular. If the thing does sprout a stem or two here and there, cut it off at the ground as soon as you see it, and you should be fine. No need for professional help or chemicals on this one.