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Sidewalk and hardscape solutions

The idea is to create and maintain a system that can accommodate tree roots while minimizing damage to the infrastructure. Listed below are some suggestions and solutions that have worked for communities. Remember that sidewalks settle, rise, and crack for a variety of reasons including soil characteristics, freezing and thawing cycles, inappropriate installation, tree roots, and age. Many concrete sidewalks are only meant to last about 25 years so they deteriorate with or without trees. Sydnor et al. (2003) showed this in a survey on street trees in Ohio. Some communities require property owners to maintain sidewalks in a usable condition which includes damage from tree roots.

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Although controversial, one of the best long term solutions may be to remove trees.

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