Hardscape Damage by Tree Roots
Lawrance M. Lesser
Abstract: Tree root damage to hardscape is a problem for most cities, costing millions of dollars annually statewide for repairs and associated legal expenses. There is a need to systematically identify which tree species are the most often associated with hardscape damage, so that urban tree managers can make appropriate species selections. This study uses TreeKeeper® data to compile a listing of those species most often associated with hardscape damage in three southern California cities, and compares results from another study.
Keywords: Hardscape damage; street tree; roots; inventories; species selection.