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Greenseed
LSU Fan
Down South
Member since Apr 2020
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Calling the tree gods
Have two cypress trees near my driveway, the roots are raising the slab. If I cut down trees and grind stumps will the roots stop growing or is it like a persimmon tree keep growing and sprout from roots? Just want to know how far to chase it.


Geauxld Finger
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Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2005
29039 posts

re: Calling the tree gods
you should experience little to know re sprouting. just get as much of the root system out as possible


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LSUEnvy
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Hou via Lake Chuck
Member since May 2011
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re: Calling the tree gods
How old are the trees? When was the driveway slab poured?


Greenseed
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Down South
Member since Apr 2020
18 posts

re: Calling the tree gods
These are bigger trees 10in plus diameter , drive way poured long ago with house oringnal construction , just started noticing slab starting to buckle


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CoachChappy
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Member since May 2013
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re: Calling the tree gods
Cut down tree, grind stump, grind any exposed knees. I mean pulverize it! Dig out the holes and fill with fill sand. Leave nothing in the holes, but sand. That should kill it.

What to do about the buckling and knees under the slab? That’s beyond me. Those knees may rot and the slab may go back down.


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pmacneworleans
Member since Dec 2013
1495 posts

re: Calling the tree gods
Call Bob's Tree Preservation. years ago, they were able to resolve an issue I had with very similar to your's, and save the tree. LINK /


hungryone
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river parishes
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re: Calling the tree gods
Agree that it may be cheaper and easier to re do a section of the driveway slab and try to preserve the trees. Taking out big trees can be stupidly expensive, esp if access is limited and structures are close by.

I had a section of driveway pushed up by a live oak. I rented a concrete saw and jackhammer, cut a nice curve around the encroaching roots, then planted a ground cover. Less than $500 and the tree remains.


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