Forum Title: paving over root ball?
Had a very large white oak taken down that was encroaching into my driveway, nearly 100 years old, but nearing the end of its life. Currently have stump about 10 high. We want to widen the driveway and eventually repave it. Does the root ball have to come out, or will grinding be sufficient? I've been told that if you don't remove the root ball and just grind it, that the root system will continue to sink for years and any paving you do will sink along with it. What do you think?
Category: Paving Post By: TODD SANDERS (Flagstaff, AZ), 01/09/2020

Try to get the root ball out. We have two properties we maintain and every 4 years we have to patch the ever sinking hole because they guy who laid the asphalt originally left the rootball.

- JOHN JOHNSON (Austin, TX), 01/31/2020

Not only would I remove it, but add extra base and ensure the sub grade is stable.

- RUSSELL CRUZ (Waco, TX), 01/31/2020

Get it out anything with a void your gonna see sink

- NATALIE PARKS (New Britain, CT), 01/31/2020

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