When it comes to maintaining your Lakeland parking lot paving, you should keep in mind that asphalt damage is not always caused by exposure to weather and the natural elements. While you do need to watch out for these, you should know that the culprit is standing right in front of you. Tree root damage is one of the most common causes of parking lot damage, and if left unattended, this can lead to injuries and accidents.
Property owners put in trees to contribute to curb appeal and property value, as well as other practical benefits, like keeping your pavement cool during the hotter months. While these are some excellent benefits of keeping trees and plants around your Lakeland parking lot paving, keep in mind that there are also downsides to having large trees in and around your driveways and parking lots.
When the trees start to grow, they can cause the asphalt to heave up and break. These can become tripping hazards or cause damage to car tires or undercarriage. If you are starting to see cracks and other signs of damage on your pavement where trees are close by, here are some ways to deal with root damage to your pavement.
If you start seeing places where the asphalt has been pushed up, then it’s safe to assume that tree roots are already trying to make their way out of these cracks. The best way to catch these is if you perform regular visual inspections of your pavement so that you can get to this as soon as possible. If you see fine roots through the gaps, then you can start cutting away the damaged portion of the pavement and trimming the small roots all the way back to the tree.
While it might make sense to cut away large roots, keep in mind that large roots are a tree’s support system and that if you remove these larger roots, this action may cause the tree to grow weak and die, and eventually fall over. This can be very dangerous to passersby, guests, and family members.
The best way to prevent issues like this from arising is through the use of a root barrier in the area. A physical root barrier is a more logical option because there is no risk of environmental damage, like some of the risks that other types of root barriers pose.
Installing a root barrier is best done when the tree is newly planted, but if you are unable to do this right away, then this can be installed during a pavement repair. You want to work with a Lakeland parking lot paving contractor to make sure that this is done right.