In parts one and two of this multi-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on the impacts of tree roots on property concrete surfaces and foundations. While tree roots too close to the structure risk stealing moisture from the soil beneath these surfaces and causing significant issues, proper placement may actually benefit your drainage system and, therefore, your concrete surfaces and foundation.
At Lift Right Concrete, we’re proud to offer a wide range of commercial and residential concrete lifting and leveling services, including for many concrete surfaces impacted by tree root infiltration. In today’s final entry in our series, we’ll dig into specific tree species – which have extensive root systems that often risk foundation damage? Which, on the other hand, are ideal for planting on properties that have had such issues in the past?
Especially if your property has undergone tree root-related foundation or concrete damage issues in the past, there are a few tree species we do not recommend planting due to their extensive root networks. Such species include:
If you must plant one of the species listed above, or another you know has an invasive root system, here are some general approaches to take:
And on the flip side, here are a few tree species that have manageable root systems for properties that have dealt with previous foundation or concrete issues:
For more on how trees and their root systems interact with your foundation and concrete surfaces, or to learn about any of our concrete lifting and leveling services, speak to the staff at Lift Right Concrete today.