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Trees near concrete

Posted by JaggedT 6 (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 26, 12 at 17:31

I am looking for trees to plant down the side of my concrete driveway. I'm not concerned about fast growing trees, I just need something where the roots won't make the concrete pop up. It is also a fairly wet area now but I can make it so it isn't. There are 3 trees on the opposite side which I believe are pear trees??? But we just poured the concrete & I hope the existing trees don't cause a problem.
I live in southwest Ohio & believe it is zone 6.

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RE: Trees near concrete

how old are you

and will this be really important in say 30 to 50 years???

and if its a concern.. why do you want a tree there at all???

and how far from the cement are you contemplating planting..

so many questions.. so little time ...

i favor oak, as being deep rooted.. and unless you are planting w/in 6 feet .. any tree.. i dont really see an issue ..

from mom and dads 1960 neighborhood. i can affirmatively state that you do not want maple or sycamore within 10 feet ..

BTW.. any drain pipe or septic issues???


RE: Trees near concrete

I am having the same question as the OP. I was thinking of planting european beeches but they would be 4 and a half feet from the drive. Will I be ok for ~30 years?
Are all fagaceae deep rooted?

RE: Trees near concrete

Here is about 17 years and the effect of a red oak (Q. rubra) planted 8' from concrete. Yes, a typically deeply rooted tree, but...

RE: Trees near concrete

Residential concrete just has such a short service life. Don't do anything silly like a tree soo close the trunk will try encapsulating the pavement.

RE: Trees near concrete

What's your soil like? Unless it's pure sand and /or gravel, no tree is going to be "deep-rooted".

Aside from that, you have many options....almost anything, really.....if you're not going to be there for too long! But if you are there for the long haul, at least stay away from most maples. They heave up slabs for breakfast.


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