Control of tree roots in sewers and drains
O. A. Leonard, University of California
N. R. Townley
California Agriculture 25(11):13-15. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v025n11p13.
Although tree roots in sewers and drains cause losses of millions of dollars each year in the U. S., there has been very little research on control methods. This is a report of 2 1/2 years of chemical control tests in cooperation with the Sacramento County Department of Public Works. Two chemicals—metham (Vapam), and dichlobenil (Carsoron)—used alone, or in combination, killed roots in sewer pipes in one-hour-long treatments by soaking.
O. A. Leonard is Lecturer and Botanist, Agricultural Botany Department, University of California, Davis. N. R. Townley is Senior Underground Foreman, Utilities Division, Maintenance Section, Sacramento County Department of Public Works, Sacramento.