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Complete guide: Get to the Root of how to lay Pavers around a Tree

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We all want our landscape design and nature to work in perfect harmony. This poses some challenges sometimes. Tree roots for example can spoil your patio, walkway, and driveway pavers. In our blog let’s get to the root of how to lay pavers around trees and what you can do about tree root damage before starting a landscaping project.

Concrete slabs versus pavers around trees

Even though roots and hardscapes are longtime foes, pavers are still one of the best options when installing a hardscape around trees. Cracked concrete slabs could lead to costly repairs. Pavers are easier to replace individually if tree roots damage them. If you pick a more natural material that is modular in design, you will get a low-maintenance surface. 

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Proflow Permeable Pavers around a treen in a private home.

Best pavers material to lay around a tree

Permeable ProFlow Pavers™ is the first Black Locust wooden pavers design in the world. Black Locust wood has a natural longevity of 50+ years and has rot-resistant, and anti-fungal properties without the help of any toxic chemicals. Permeable ProFlow Pavers™ also come in setts, which means the modular design allows a faster installation and also can be replaced in sections on an as-needed basis, extending the life span of the overall surface.

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Proflow Permeable Pavers at Chateau Hanare | West Hollywood, CA.

Pavers around trees: do pavers and roots mix?

A tree’s expanding roots can interfere with your pavers after a few years. There are a few steps you can take to stop roots from rising or sinking your pavers. First of all, make sure you keep a 3-6 feet distance away from the tree. Another tactic is to remove all roots beneath the area you are paving over.   

How to keep trees happy and hydrated?

You want to make sure your trees live a long and hydrated life. Selecting the right permeable pavers surface allows water to penetrate into the ground underneath. It also recharges soil moisture and improves water quality by filtering out dust and dirt. ProFlow Permeable Pavers™ meet regulations to improve stormwater management. 

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What is the best filler for pavers around a tree?

The highest performer filler material for Permeable Proflow Pavers™ is ROMEX® FlexJoint, gravel with Profi-Deco binder, Trass bed for the base ProFlow Permeable Pavers™. ROMEX® offers a solution that seals the surface in a way that water can pass through while creating a tidy aesthetic.

To sum up…

To keep your trees healthy and your landscape neat and tidy, the best option is to lay permeable pavers around your trees. By installing Permeable ProFlow Pavers™ made of Black Locust lumber, you will create a focal point in your yard that will make heads turn while allowing lower maintenance needs for years to come.

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