What to Do When Your Tree Roots Are Destroying The Sidewalk

By: albertaarb - May 21, 2014

Trees enhance the appearance of any yard and offer substantial shade; however, they can sometimes wreak havoc. Tree roots can easily destroy your sidewalk, garage or pool. This is a big deal and can lead to even more damage. As such, it is important to know what to do if your tree roots are wreaking havoc.

Root Systems

A tree will not just grow where you plant it, its roots will spread out. On average, a tree root system will spread to about one and a half feet for every inch of the trunks diameter. For example, a tree with a diameter of about 12 inches will have a root system that spreads between twelve to fifteen feet in all directions. This can easily destroy your sidewalk and driveway. 

Solving The Problem

Most people will try cutting the roots that are along the edge of the sidewalk or driveway. However, cutting the protruding roots is just a temporary measure. In addition to that, cutting the roots might weaken the tree increasing its vulnerability to strong winds and storms. 

Tree Removal Experts

If your tree roots are destroying your sidewalk or driveway, you should try to cut the roots yourself. The best thing to do is to call tree removal experts and let them deal with the problem. Professional arborists not only have the tools required to remove a hazardous tree, but also the skills required to do it safely. Moreover, they will assess the condition of the tree and let you know the best course of action. If the tree can’t be salvaged, they will gladly let you know. Similarly, if the tree poses serious risks and should be removed immediately, they will remove it from your premises. 

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