Asphalt pavement is a popular choice for homeowners and businesses because it is smooth, durable, and easy to maintain. However, one common problem with asphalt is tree roots growing underneath it. If left untreated, these roots can cause cracks in the pavement and create a tripping hazard. This blog post by Garden State Paving & Seal Coating, LLC will explain how to deal with tree roots growing under your asphalt and prevent them from causing damage.
Don’t Pave by Trees
The best way to keep tree roots from becoming a problem is to plan appropriately. Ideally, do not pave near trees or ensure that the asphalt doesn’t touch the trunk of your trees. This is the ideal solution because it leaves plenty of room for the roots to grow. But, we don’t always get to avoid paving near trees. Sometimes we have to pave close to them, and that’s when we need to take extra steps.
If you have to pave near a tree, then there are some things you can do to help prevent the roots from causing problems. One thing is to use a root barrier. This sheet of material goes between the pavement and the soil. It prevents the roots from growing through the pavement. You can find these made with different materials, including Plastic, Metal Mesh, and Aluminum Foil.
The root barrier is installed below the pavement during the paving process. The depth you install will depend on how big the tree’s roots can get. You can talk to a tree care specialist to learn more about this. Also, there are some restrictions when installing a root barrier near a tree. For example, you can’t install it if there is a water line or septic tank near the tree.
Didn’t Plan Properly? It’s Time for Root Removal
Dig and Cut
If you didn’t plan ahead and now have a tree root problem, it’s time for some root removal. This can be done manually with a shovel or an ax. It’s recommended to dig out the roots so you can cut them properly.
If the roots are too big, it would be good to contact the professionals and rent an excavator or skid steer. In this case, they will have access to bigger tools that can better cut the roots without damaging anything else. Ensure you get an estimate before hiring anyone so you know what to expect financially.
Another way to deal with tree roots is by using copper sulfate. This can be a bit more expensive, but it’s a good option if you have many trees with roots growing under your asphalt. Ensure that you let a professional handle this, as it can be dangerous if not done correctly. Copper sulfate will kill the tree’s root system, preventing it from growing any further into your pavement.
Garden State Paving & Seal Coating, LLC in Mt. Laurel, NJ, proudly offers asphalt repairs and asphalt paving services. We provide our services for commercial and residential properties. Get a quote today from our experts to help you care for your asphalt pavement.