[/URL]i have a maple tree that is very tall, and is towering over my house and the neibors house, i am wooried about a strong wind, should i trim it back, Depending on how tall, and how proficient you are in the care of trees, yes I would trim it.
Either by yourself or hire a treeman to do it for you.
and i hear the root systems does not run deep, will the wind take over on to something.You heard correctly, maple roots will surface your lawn. That is possible, but more than likely the wind will crack off a larger branch or it will crack after the first lower set of branches. it has been there since 1988 it is jutting concrete driveway up. what would be the best for me to do? Jutting path or cartways are never a good thing, think tripping hazard.
You could have the contractor that you have to repair the driveway remove the roots in question, and then finish repairing the driveway.
But in a years time that side of the tree will start to die away. And you will have more falling branches, with the possibility of the whole tree dying in 'bout five years.
Since the tree is putting both properties in peril, and if you are on friendly terms with your neighbor, ask if he/she will help to defray any costs, but just for removal of the tree.
If the contractor you locate to repair the drivway can remove the tree have him do that before he starts the repair. If not, he may be able to subcontract a treeman otherwise you will have to hire one.
Make sure they use a machine that will dig out the roots, and stump before the contractor starts the driveway repair, he may use a backhoe for this. Either way is okay, just make sure the roots, and stump are removed.
And last, but not least, please plant at least one tree to replace the one you may remove.
If your neighbor pitches in, offer to purchase some for he/she too.
As a general rule of thumb, forestry personnel re-plant four (4) trees for every tree that is removed after a clear-cutting.
See these two links for help on planting trees in your landscape:
[URL="http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/backyard/treeptg.html"]nrcs.usda.gov trees (http://www.hort.cornell.edu/department/faculty/bassuk/uhi/outreach/recurbtree/index.html)
Urban Horticulture Institute, Cornell University (http://www.hort.cornell.edu/department/faculty/bassuk/uhi/outreach/recurbtree/index.html)