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Planting Trees Near Your Driveway

17 FEB 2024

Planting Trees Near Your Driveway

Tree planting is an exciting and eco-friendly approach to enhancing the quality of our spaces. However, there are several factors you need to consider before planting trees, including location. If you want to plant a tree near your driveway to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property or provide shade and habitat for wildlife, consult a professional tree care company. At Sesmas Tree Service, we understand the implications for the trees and the driveway before proceeding and use proven strategies to ensure optimum growth and minimal structural damage. Here are some tips to help you plant trees near your driveway successfully. 

Choose Tree Species Wisely

Before you dig planting holes near your driveway, select the right tree species. Tree service experts recommend species with non-invasive root systems, as they are less likely to cause damage to the driveway or nearby structures. If you prefer a more hands-off approach, hire certified arborists to select and plant tree species with shallow or compact root systems. Trees such as Japanese maple, flowering dogwood, and ornamental cherry trees are less likely to spread aggressively underground and minimize the risk of premature tree removal emergencies.

Consider Size and Growth Rate

Another vital factor to consider before planting a tree near your driveway is the mature size and growth rate to ensure they won’t stay within the designated space. As mentioned, trees with slow growth rates are more suitable for planting near driveways because they reduce structural damage. When you choose trees that won’t overshadow or obstruct visibility along the driveway, you don’t have to worry about costly repairs of frequent tree pruning and trimming to maintain the desired size. 

Mindful Placement

Where you place trees relative to the driveway is critical to minimize potential problems. As a professional tree care company, we have the expertise to plant trees at a sufficient distance from the driveway, mitigating root intrusion and surface damage. The ideal distance should be 10-15 feet away from the edge of the driveway to allow for adequate root spread without compromising the integrity of the pavement. If there are utility lines above or underground, leave the heavy lifting to professional arborists. The last thing any property owner wants is costly repairs and replacements because of improper placement.

Implement Root Management Strategies

The best way to prevent root-related damage to your driveway and surrounding structures is to consult a tree service professional about effective root management strategies, such as root barriers or underground barriers. These strategies redirect root growth away from the driveway and toward more suitable areas. It is advisable to schedule routine inspections for signs of root encroachment or surface damage and address any issues promptly to prevent further damage. In case of severe intrusion and damage, we can recommend tree removal to prevent further deterioration. 

Regular Maintenance

Last, regular maintenance like tree trimming, pruning, and establishing a watering schedule is vital for enhancing health and vitality. In addition, applying mulch around the base of the trees helps to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and insulate the soil. By staying proactive with maintenance, you can promote healthy growth and minimize damage. 

Planting trees near your driveway can be a rewarding addition to your landscape, but it requires careful planning and consideration. By considering the help tips provided, you can enjoy the benefits of trees while minimizing problems with your driveway. Contact us at the Sesmas Tree Service and schedule a consultation with our experts. We provide exceptional services, including tree pruning, root management, and tree trimming to enhance the beauty and functionality of your property.