Our driveway leading up to the house is a little longer than the other houses in the neighborhood since our house is set back a little farther from the street. It is lined on one side by big maple trees like the ones that line the street. We have a two car garage and a one car driveway. It widens just a few feet before the garage door. We wanted to widen it for its whole length and called a Long Island tree services company to remove the maple trees. Since they were so grand and in good health, it was a tough decision to make.
We have restored this older home to surpass its original beauty. The maples being close together was a nice effect, but it was too much for the front of the house. I really did not want to have to cut down healthy trees, but that seemed to be our only option. The expense for moving big trees to another location would have been great if there was only one. We had 10 of them. We had to have them cut and have the stumps dug out instead of just being ground because a new driveway was going over where they stood.
The Long Island tree services company we used shared our thoughts of wanting to save the trees, but for our situation it was just not possible. They were too big and too many in number. Plus, we still had the expense of widening the driveway. I was amazed at how big the root sections were that they dug out. They said that there was a lot more smaller ones that spread out even farther. The tree guy told me that the root system beneath the ground is at least as big as the canopy of branches above ground. That is like having the whole size of the tree on top underground too.