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December 3, 2018


Chances are, if you feel that a tree on your Tampa property might need root removal, it probably does. Why is this? Because if the growth has gotten to the point where you and your family are taking note of it, then cutting it back is most likely long overdue. The unfortunate fact is that the majority of damage caused by underground plant growth is caused before it seems noteworthy to the homeowner and is often only discovered by attempting to find the source of the problem.

It’s actually a common occurrence for our technicians at Payne’s environmental to get calls where they are only able to prevent further damage from occurring. Tree roots have been known to buckle sidewalks, crack driveways, and even damage housing foundations. When they protrude from the ground in knobs and whorls, they also can pose as tripping hazards.

At Payne’s Environmental, we recognize that nature is a powerful force, and it’s important for homeowners to know how to handle it.


Learn to identify problem areas. If there is a large shrub or tree near your Tampa home, driveway or sidewalk, this is the place to look. Look for any areas where there are signs of structural damage or you can see visible roots above the surface of the ground near the structure. If a large tree is within 10 feet of your house, we recommend getting a professional to inspect the area.


Prevention is always better than cleaning up the aftermath. Here are some tips on how:

  • Perform annual inspections. One of the best ways to avoid structural damage is to do frequent inspections of the premises. Walk the perimeter of your house and check for cracks in the walls as well as any signs of protuberances on the ground that may be pushing into your home. Also check along walkways, driveways, and in the yard for anything that may pose a threat to the health of your property in the future. If you see a problem area, don’t hesitate to call for professional root removal.

  • Avoid planting near your home. While there are many safe foliage options to landscape near your Tampa home, avoid planting trees and large shrubs near or against the house. Save these larger plants for the middle of the yard or nearer to the road.

It’s our hope that Tampa residents will be able to use this information to remove obtrusive plant growth before it becomes a larger and more costly issue. But for best results, we recommend hiring a trusted Tampa root removal company to provide an inspection. For more information, call us today at Payne’s Environmental Services at 813-677-6822.

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