Asked on Mar 20, 2016

Large tree is raising up my concrete side walk in one place...

Duv310660Sheila DJulia
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I am afraid people will trip on raised concrete sidewalk...As a senior, this is a problem to remedy???
10 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Mar 20, 2016

    Reach out to your town and explain your situation. They may be able do help you

  • Julia
    Julia
    on Mar 20, 2016

    Thank You Janet for your response..This is a sidewalk in the back of my house approaching my back door..If it was the sidewalk in front of my house ,I know the town would fix it....Thanks for you feed back!!

    • Janet Pizaro
      Janet Pizaro
      on Mar 20, 2016

      @Julia Sorry I did not realize that but i would still call the senior center of your town and ask them who can offer you help.

  • Laura Williams-May
    Laura Williams-May
    on Mar 20, 2016

    There are youth groups of "troubled youth" or within the local high school with strong young people who are obligated or wish to do community service. You may ask them if you qualify for help to take a sledgehammer and knock out that part. Or better yet knock out the whole walk and reroute further away . make it wide [4 feet] for people to negotiate easily. Or put down gravel instead of dealing with laying new concrete.

    • Julia
      Julia
      on Mar 21, 2016

      @Thank You Laura Williams-May I wish I could...its too costly for me ...living on ss...

  • Hope Williams
    Hope Williams
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Hi Julia. You could have a tree service come out and they could cut the root causing the issue without hurting the tree. The tap root, main root of tree, us not usually one that travels along the surface of the ground like you are describing. They could pull it out and back fill the hole with dirt. Should not cost more than about $150 for a job as such.

    • Hope Williams
      Hope Williams
      on Mar 21, 2016

      Not necessarily. When tree services move trees, they take a large spade and puncture it to a tip shaped come. It truly does not harm the tree. It's done everyday with no harm to the tree. It is also used for relocating a tree that's too close to the foundation of a home as well.

  • Julia
    Julia
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Thank You ===I wish ...I could ...its a cost problem...living on ss...

    • Hope Williams
      Hope Williams
      on Mar 21, 2016

      Do you have a church group? Perhaps one of your friends has a child close enough to help. It's not super hard to do, just more time consuming. Once cut, one option is to drive a heavy vehicle back and forth to push it back down. Not too heavy, you just want it pushed down some so no one will trip. When folks come over just put a little homemade sign up to let them know to watch their step.

  • Since you are on a fixed income I would put a large pot of flowers there and get a couple cheap pavers and put them next to the concrete and make the path go around the messed up concrete- $5 cost max- I would just dig the stepping stone in the ground flush with the grass and call it good.

  • Cindi
    Cindi
    on Mar 21, 2016

    If you can't find anyone to remove it at no cost to you, I'd just put out a decoration, pot of flowers, etc, and make up a cute "warning" sign, to be careful walking over that part of the path. Cheaper than having a tree removed, and it would look nice.

  • Julia
    Julia
    on Mar 21, 2016

    Good Idea!!!Thanks Cindi...a little humor works every time..I`ll get creative..TeeHee

  • Sheila D
    Sheila D
    on Mar 22, 2016

    Miss Julia, check with city county. If it's on their side of the property, sometimes they will repair the sidewalk or remove either the roots or the tree

  • Duv310660
    Duv310660
    on Mar 22, 2016

    Spray the 'step' with neon orange paint, and call whoever is responsible for repairs.

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