Asphalt Root Damage

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As you can probably guess, root damage is a major problem in parking lots. Unfortunately, it is also a huge problem in driveways and the surrounding areas. Be sure to check out these tips for preventing root damage in your parking lot or driveway.

While the best course of action is to not plant trees, sometimes they were already there.   If so, make sure to remove unwanted tree roots from your parking lot.

Another problem that occurs in parking lots is cracks in the pavement. This can be caused by various issues, including drought, freeze/thaw cycles, and heavier traffic during the winter months.

To prevent cracks, keep the parking lot free of excess moisture and water thoroughly in the winter.  The Winter months are the worst on parking lots.  However, we digress, let’s get back to looking at ways to prevent tree root issues.

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Small tree roots

Smaller tree roots are usually a bit easier to repair and take care of.  These can be done by digging out the roots and using various saws to cut them up.  This will keep the roots from causing other issues later on. Then fill in the root hole with the soil. And, prepare for a patch in your asphalt.  Contact us for asphalt repair.

Large Tree Roots

Large tree roots can be harder to repair because of how deep into the wood they go. The best way to fix these roots is to use root cutters and saws that are specifically made for large trees.  Saws can be used to cut out the large tree roots.  For very large trees you might want to consult an Arborist.  This is the tree’s support system and you probably aren’t out to kill the tree.

Install a Root Barrier

A root barrier can be installed to prevent tree root damage. This barrier is made from thick, heavy-duty plastic that has holes or slots in it. The bottom of the barrier sits on the soil and the top is secured to the tree trunk using metal straps. This will keep the roots from reaching out where your asphalt is.

Tree roots can be a problem if left unchecked. Most homeowners just try to get rid of them.  But, you really shouldn’t be hacking away at them without the guidance of a professional.  We are simply an asphalt company but have worked with arborists to come up with viable solutions.   Some options include removing the tree entirely or digging a trench. Digging a trench can be problematic because tree roots can grow deep into the earth. The trenches can cause water to seep into the road and cause potholes.  You may also not be able to get the large root ball out of the ground with a shovel. We have come up with a solution that has worked in the past and is happy to look at your asphalt root problem.