Root Kill Question
Posted 03 December 2010 - 02:38 PM
We have a city sewer line and roots have grown into the sewer line and caused problems in the past 5 years or so. Once every other year we have had to rent a sewer drain cleaner to clean the main line leaving the house. Finally I read somewhere about Root Kill, a copper sulfate powder that you pour down the drain and when it comes in contact with the roots, it will kill them. It leaves the plant/tree alone but just kills the roots that come into the line.
The directions on the bottle say to apply in the spring and in the fall. However, we forgot this fall. The suspected tree and the bush are naked and dormant.
My question is, is it too late? If we apply the copper sulfate at this late date (We just received our first snowfall two days ago) will it still be effective?
Thanks in advance.
Posted 03 December 2010 - 03:55 PM
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:24 PM
Note: there are other methods available too. Pipe bursting is done for larger scale jobs. Basicly you use hydraulic rams and large cable to pull a cone through the old pipe with the new pipe coming along behind the cone. The old pipe breaks appart as you pull in the new pipe. The rams are so strong that it can burst even cast iron pipe easily. Lots of cool happenings now a days... Directional boring is another...
Oh crap. Being new I forgot to check rules about links. If those need removed then here is a simplified search string:
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Also, sorry for hyjacking the post, that was unintentional. I don't know a thing about root killers. IMHO temporary chemical solutions to mechanical problems are never good. Drano, bars leak, fix a flat, etc, etc, all things that when used by people wanting a cheap fix, usually piss off the ones who end up performing the real solution.
Edited by Bullstok, 13 January 2012 - 11:00 PM.
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