Why are live oak trees planted so close to sidewalks asks reader
Regarding article dated 07/18, “Sugar Land to spend $3.5M Fixing sidewalks” – I live in Missouri City, and the city repaired our sidewalks. They pulled up the old ones, cut the tree roots, and put the slab back down, then filled in the holes from lifting it.
My take on all of this is ….. Why on earth does Sugar Land and Mo. City plant Live Oak trees 2 feet from the sidewalk or street? It makes no sense. Even with the repairs I doubt that this practice will stop. I’m not even a native Texan, and I know better than to do this. Live Oaks are fast growing and become massively large trees with roots that grow all over your yard.
We personally cut several of our big roots. Then Mo. City came out and cut the ones buckling the sidewalk. If they insist on planting trees that close there are alternatives such as a Burr Oak, which has a much smaller trunk and grows up instead of out. Now both cities are faced with spending money that could be used on other things to repair something that could have been avoided in the first place.
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