Pavers around tree w/ exposed roots

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Csutha28, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Csutha28

    Csutha28 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Hey guys,

    I have a client that has requested I install pavers around his tree with some exposed tree roots. It is also on a slight grade/hill. What is the easiest/proper way of doing this? I know that on a flat surface, most people will go about 2 stacks high with a topper stack.

    Do I cut through the tree roots to install the pavers?

    Thoughts/help?
     
  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,503

    Do not cut the tree roots. You may end up with pavers encircling a dead tree. :nono:
     
  3. Csutha28

    Csutha28 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    This tree has to be 60 ft. He wants a retaining wall because the mulch washes out each time
     
  4. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    Pavers and tree roots do not get along. Retaining walls and tree roots do not get along.

    Tell him either you build the pavers/patio and will be cutting every root you see (which could absolutely kill the tree) or your not putting pavers down. Same goes with the retaining wall.

    DO NOT build a retaining wall over tree roots.

    An alternative option is to use boulders as a retaining wall and flagstone (non traditional install) with no base under it. These will move and flex with the roots just note it is not a permanent patio.
     
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