Maple tree roots - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by deltajpk
April 29, 2010
On 9/30/08, I had a very large maple tree cut down including the stump. The tree was next to the house and the root system was raising the concrete slabs of my sidewalk. I would like to get the side walk raised so that I can rid myself of the tripping hazard. Is this sufficient time to wait to have the procedure done? Do you think that the roots have settled enough?

Answer from NGA
April 29, 2010
The soil will continue to settle as long as the roots are beneath your sidewalk. It can take years, if not decades, for the roots to decompose. However, if you're going to have your sidewalk replaced, the landscapers can dig down beneath the sidewalk area and remove the roots prior to pouring the new sidewalk. This should take care of the problem.

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