Here at TreeHugger, well, we like trees, and when we hear about tree removal taking place in urban areas we cringe because everyone should know how important they are for our environment. One of our tree-loving tipsters, Joanne D. (also Tree Commissioner in her hometown in CT), sent us to Rubbersidewalks to check out a new solution for tree preservation and sidewalk maintenance. So often do we see trees planted in urban areas and then concrete sidewalks laid directly next to them. The trees struggle for air and water therefore developing invasive root systems under the concrete and, eventually, the sidewalks are uplifted by the roots. Local governments end up spending enormous amounts of money both on sidewalk maintenance and/or tree removal.
Rubbersidewalks are becoming popular in California, Florida and New York. They are not only an economical solution but they are easy to install as well. Unlike concrete, Rubbersidewalks' pavers can be lifted for tree root trimming then replaced. Crews can easily trim tree roots every two or three years while roots are still in the offshoot stage and there is no damage to the health or stability of the tree and, because of rubber’s flexibility, it allows for the sidewalks to bend when the tree roots grow. Rubber is lighter and more resilient than concrete, therefore tree roots get sufficient water and oxygen through the paver seams. Modularity and the unique relationship between Rubbersidewalks and tree roots results in maintainable sidewalks and a flourishing urban forest. Rubbersidewalks is made from 100% recycled tire rubber and is also available for residential use. Thanks for the tip, Joanne D. (and happy birthday)! ::Rubbersidewalks