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Place Trees Carefully

Trees grow, be careful where you place them.

I am writing this article after doing some work with trees and tree roots. To be honest, Jeff did most of the work.

The project that we are working on has a number of trees on the property. A couple of the trees were place a bit too close to the structures on the property. As discussed in an earlier post, there was a large pine tree (50′) that did some damage at the front of the house. The tree was placed about 15′ from the house, but was only about 8′ from the sidewalk/front steps. The tree was probably placed too close to the home, or was allowed to grow too long. The root structure ran under the front sidewalk and steps and lifted it up about 1 foot. This caused quite a water problem in the basement due to all of the water pitching back toward the structure.

After working for quite some time to pull up the existing concrete and clear the roots underneath, we are ready to reset the front walkway and steps.

Another issue with a tree on the property was in the back yard. There was shed that was placed about 5′ from an existing tree. I am sure that it was fine when placed, however, 5 years later, the shed was raised up about 8″ on 1 side. This was a rather easy fix by elevating the oposite side of the she (it does not sit on a foundation). It would have made more sense to move the shed, but since there is electrical conduit running underground to the shed (which we didn’t want to move at this time), we opted for a fix that should last a couple of years. If we own the property for an extended period of time, we will move the shed away from the tree and run new electrical line.

Just wanted you to consider what that three will do over the next period of years before placing an outbuilding or planting a new tree close to a structure.

Don’t even get me started about the leaves and pine needles.

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Concrete Walkway and Patio

Pavers were replaced with contcrete that was graded correctly and maintenance free. The pavers had a flower bed that ran along the side of the house. The problem was that the condition of the bed would have required quite a bit of work to get it looking nice and the grade needed to be addressed. Concrete was an easy answer.

There was also a 3′ x 20′ section of concrete that was part of a coverred patio on the side of the garage. This had some cracking and heaving since the original pour was only 2″ thick.

To address all of the issues in this area, we had concrete poured up to the house, elimating the flower bed, and tied it together with the coverred patio. This leaves a large area that is functional, graded correctly, and low maintenance.

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Garage Roof

The property that we purchased has a 2 car garage with a covered patio on the side. The total width of the garage is 28 feet. The back half of the garage had a new roof put on 6 or 7 years ago. The front half was not done and was in pretty bad shape. The roof had three layers already so we stripped it to the wood surface. A new roof was put on with a shingle that matched the shingles on the house.

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Front Steps

The front stoop/step of the house was pitched badly at the basement, causing most of the water problem. In addition to the stoop, there was an enormous pine tree, with 50 years of agressive roots invading the front of the building.
The before and after results were as follows.

We removed the tree, the volume of roots, and pitched the front stoop away from the home. The problem now solved, the water redirected, the landscaping is the project to follow.