Will Covering Roots With Concrete Slab Hurt Trees?

Concrete limits the amount of water that reaches tree roots, such that they press up against the slab in search of moisture. Repairing the heaved concrete requires removing the roots, which can harm the health of the tree. Maintain a distance of two sidewalk widths between tree trunks and sidewalk edges to prevent problems, ConcreteNetwork.com recommends.

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