We have a big problem in the back garden at the moment, tree roots. I noticed during the summer that the patio paving near the bottom of the garden was lifting in places, and one paving slab had broken in half. Last week I dug out a narrow strip of soil against the fence and found tree roots coming under the fence base panel, so I ended up taking half the patio paving up to find that large roots up to 2 inches in diameter have spread as far as 6 or 7metres up the garden.
The tree responsible is a common Lime, about 30 foot high and only 4 metres outside our garden. The tree and the land outside belong to Stockport council, so they are now involved and we are expecting a visit from them sometime next week.
Apart from the bottom of the garden looking like a building site, we are still picking Runner Beans and still waiting for Tomatoes to ripen, although this hot weather should help.