The neighbor has this tall tree (cherry blossom?) that is growing on the side of my house and the roots are right next to the foundation. I recently purchased this house and just noticed how close some of the larger roots are to the house foundation. Besides the roots next to the foundation, the large root coming off of the tree makes it very difficult to move stuff over it. I keep my garbage/recycling on the side of the house and I pretty much have to pick it up and carry it over the roots, same with the lawn mower. The ground on that side of the house is very compacted, doesn't grow grass well, and becomes a swimming pool when it rains. I would like to cut the roots even with the fence line, have a few inches of soil dug up and have crushed gravel laid down in the this area going about ~25 feet back along the side of the house to allow me to walk through their in the winter without soaking my feet. I have a few questions:
1. Is the root this close to the foundation a concern? Is it something that definitely needs to be addressed?
2. Do I have the right to cut these giant roots at the property(fence) line?
3. Will it kill the tree removing roots this big? Will it make the tree unsafe/unstable and pose a risk of falling/blowing over?
4. Assuming it becomes a risk cutting the large root at the fence line, and the tree needs to be removed, is it my responsibility or should the neighbor pay to have it removed? What if i cut and dig up the roots, lay the gravel, and he refuses to remove the tree and it falls on my house? Would i be liable since i cut the roots? Would insurance cover it still?
I haven't talked to the neighbor about it yet, I'm a first time home owner and want to get some opinions before I talk to him. In the event the tree needs to be removed I would be willing to split the cost with him since its a nuisance.
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Tree in question
Area in question
Close up of large root
Close up of root near foundation