I have one large pine that is 8 ft from the driveway. It is cracking
the driveway. I have another pine that is closer, but not as large.
It has not caused any damage. I will be having both removed.
I have another hardwood tree that is about 8 ft from the driveway. It
is much smaller in diameter than the pine but I worry that this could
be a problem soon. Anyone know what is a good rule of thumb for this
kind of stuff?
It depends on the type of tree. I suggest that checking with your local
county extension service (check your local phone book under government
agencies) they can likely help you out with great advice based on local
But properties with mature trees in the wrong spot are often worth
If the extension office has info on which trees don't cause pavement
lifting, they don't talk to my city. They love to plant trees too
close to sidewalks and roads, predictably causing disaster. I suspect
someone's doing it on purpose for a twisted sort of job security.
no rule of thumb, too many variables at paly
the only way to stop tree root growth i have seen which is safe around
sounds like you haven't yet had a professional visually assess the situation
and you could potentially keep all 3 trees
The two trees that I am having taken down today are pines. Being pine
is enough reason to want them gone.
The 3rd tree I would like to save because it is a hardwood. I have
done some web surfing as well. I don't think it will be a danger to my
I went to the web page you suggested. I couldn't find a price for the
product. I usually pass on web products that have hidden prices.
Wazzamatter with pines? Being evergreen, they even-out the leaf-cleaning
business, they act as windbreaks all year long, they are immune to virtually
all tree-killing diseases and insects. I had a twenty-year ond oak that woke
up one season dead. Had Chastic Fibrosis (a disease usually found in foxes)
or something. Cost more to take the damn thing down than you would believe.
Pines are stucturally sounder than most hardwoods. They reach maturity
faster, thereby providing more tree for the time invested. All in all, pines
and other firs are pretty much a bargain.
Regarding structural integrity, they flex better and do not send out
branches that are, in volume, as big as the main tree trunk (like some oaks)
and exist only for the purpose of breaking off and falling on your house (or
Replace your pine with a hardwood and in only fifteen years you'll still
have an upright twig. Bah.
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