- Real Name
- Larry Zasitko
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So far the roots have not done much to either the driveway or the sidewalks. When we bought this house the previous owners had planted a lot of trees and shrubs but unfortunately made a common mistake of leaving enough room so the area beside the garage and behind the garage now is getting overgrown.Sounds like the local government works as slowly on your side of the border as it does on ours! It can be so frustrating sometimes. I am glad to hear that the tree not only survived but thrived! When we built our house we had to cut down three pecan tress which made us very sad. The trees were way too close to the driveway which could not be reconfigured to accommodate the trees. It about killed us but we also knew firsthand the damage tree roots can do to a driveway, etc.
When we bought our motorhome we had to find somewhere to park it so we had a landscape company come in and they took out some shrubs and a couple trees then they brought in a BobCat and dug a strip 14' wide and about 55' long beside the driveway and garage and went about 3-4' deep. We have a lot of clay here and once that was trucked away they filled the bottom with Slag from the steel mill that is not far from where we live, it drains really well, packs good and the mill is pretty much giving it away. The top foot they used what they call Road Mix which is 1/2" or less gravel and sand. It's commonly used around here for the grid roads and it packs good and is pretty cheap. They thought it would settle about 4" over the next 5 years or so and then I would put concrete over it. It has been in for almost 15 years and has settled less then an inch so about 10 years ago I spread dry cement over it all and soaked it, did that about 4 or five times and the top 6" or so is as hard as the driveway.
Here the setback from the road is considered the cities for planting. It's nice because they come around in the spring and trim the trees. While they plant the trees its up to us to water them. But if something happens and part of the tree comes down the city will come and cut it down if need be. I always thought it needed more trees and I was talking to one of our neighbours and he told me to call the city. I did and it took about a year and a half before they put them in. Sidewalks are fixed by the city and they will do everything from cutting the ridges down or replacing sections. The driveway though is ours so if it needs work we pay.What a beautiful shot Larry and I love that Hipsta combo! I have something with trees too. You're right Lisa about the damage in the drive way. We have a huge tree beside the driveway. In the summer it's breaches and leave shade the whole driveway but its roots have made the concrete into all kinds of interesting shapes. We now we will have to redo or repair the driveway but it's insanely expensive. Last year one of the trees who was crowding out another had to go, it was big and strong and healthy. It took them all day, I could see the tree from my bed and knew of the squirrels who had heir nests in that tree and I cried my eyes out.
The neighbor took all the wood and it kept them warm throughout the winter. It's still an empty spot there.
Our whole street is lined with trees that have the most extra ordinary colors and shades of red in the fall. Being from Europe I thought the trees at the street were the city's trees. There aren't. They are our responsibility. And so is the sidewalk between our house and the street. Another thing we did not know until we received a notice from the city that someone had complained about a bump in the sidewalk because of the roots from one of the trees at the street. They gave us 7 days to fix it or we would be fined. I was really upset. That's not how we deal with people. If something is bothering me like the stuff people put on the edge or the middle of the sidewalk so my wheelchairs can't get through and I'm stuck, I try to talk with those people first before writing a complain to city council.
We got it fixed and now we know how expensive the concrete replacement is.
Are you in a wheelchair? My wife is, has been for about 25 years, our Livingroom is like a wheelchair parking lot. She has an ultralight manual chair, an old hospital style foldup chair, a smaller indoor power chair and a new big powerchair that has a seat with tilt. Our house is a bi-level so half the basement is underground and the first floor is around 5' above grade. We have a lift at the back that takes her up to the same level as the deck. When we bought the house I had to modify a few things. The doors upstairs were to small so I tore everything out and put a 2'-10" pocket door into the main bathroom and handrails and in the past year we changed all three baths so all the toilets are higher. The master bedroom got a 3' door and both other bedrooms got 2'-10" doors. The upstairs was mostly carpet and Karen had trouble getting around on it and it was a nightmare to keep clean so after about a year all the carpet came out and I put in laminate flooring which has held up pretty good.