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Arborists try to save live oak tree after roots cut

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PRAIRIEVILLE - Arborists are hard at work in an Ascension Parish neighborhood, trying to save a troubled live oak tree that's estimated to be more than 300 years old.

Larry Guy said he moved to the 12 Oaks neighborhood partly because of the massive tree, which provides shade for the neighborhood park.

A few months ago, Guy said someone dug a four-foot deep trench to make way for an electrical line. In the process the roots were severed, damage Guy said could have been avoided.

"They could have put the wires under the roots without ever cutting the root," he told News 2.

News 2 tried to speak to the man accused of cutting the roots, but he wasn't home.

Now Guy said the tree is going into shock, its leaves turning orange. Ted Harbourt with Marathon Tree Service came in to see what could be done.

"Anytime you see disturbed soil near the base root system, of a huge, valuable tree, for a tree hugger like myself, it's pretty bothersome," he said.

Harbourt injected a nutrient solution into the root system to try and encourage them to regrow. He said it could take five years for the tree to recover from the damage, if at all.



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