Privet trees and shrubs are moderately drought tolerant. Give the plants about an inch of water weekly if rainfall is not sufficient. Privets require medium amounts of water but their roots should never sit in puddles.
The root system of pear trees especially those ornamental pear trees may have issues with sidewalks or pavements in your garden. If you see some damaged sidewalk, you may think of cutting the roots but this may weaken the health of your trees.
Trees' root systems are made up of large, permanent roots (which mainly provide anchorage and transport), and many small, temporary feeder roots and root hairs. It is these small parts of the root system that are the primary water and nutrient absorbers.
One Root, Two Root, Good Root, Dead Root: Myths and Mythology of Tree Root Systems. Richard J. Hauer, Ph.D Associate Professor of Urban Forestry. College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
However these Privet had their roots wrapped in wet newspaper and were bagged up to keep the roots as moist as possible before being taken home. Privet are a very strong species; even after bare rooting to remove the wet clay soil at their roots, not one of these trees died. By May 2005 all of the...