We have 300 feet of gravel driveway and many large oak trees - some are right next to the driveway. The driveway is not new - it has been there for at least 20 years. I want to pave the driveway. I am concerned about the effect on the trees. I would like to hear from any of you about any similar experience.
If the drive has been there that long, the trees have obviously adapted to the compacted soil in those root areas. My personal opinion is that as long as you just capped the existing drive without doing and digging or expanding of the covered root area they would be ok. But I would spend a few dollars to have a professional arborist take a look at the overall health of the trees and give an opinion before doing anything. His fee will be minimal compared to the cost of removing and replacing just one mature tree that dies.