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What effect will a deck covering the root system have on a large live oak tree?

Ken Little
Live oak tree

This large live oak tree along U.S. 17 in Porters Neck is estimated to be 400 to 500 years old. (StarNews file photo)

Building a deck over the roots should have little effect on the tree, said Al Hight, New Hanover County Cooperative Extension director.

“There may some damage where the supporting posts are installed, but I wouldn’t think it would be significant,” Hight said.

“Disturbing the top 8 to 10 inches of soil over a large portion of the root system is what causes more problems,” he said.

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