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Walkway to creek

We have a stone walkway leading to a bridge over our creek. A tree root has grown enough to cause the soil under the stone closest to the bridge to fall into the creek. Best way to build this up again in order to reinstall the stone?
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Pic 2 from above. Light is where soil is eroding. The root goes from the right (touching wood plank) down & to the left (except pic loaded upside down!) Name:  IMG_8549.jpg
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Welcome to the forums! , pics would be helpful - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 
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First thing that comes to mind is to sawzall the tree root.
 
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The photos are too close to really see the stone path and what's going on but I'm with XSleeper. If the root is the problem... get rid of the problem. You can do a little digging so you can swing an axe or hatchet to remove the section of root causing trouble. Or, a reciprocating saw can work in a tighter space and you can even saw through the dirt to get to the root. The dirt won't be good for the blade but they are pretty cheap and disposable so it's no big loss.
 
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Sorry, new to this so wasn't sure what was needed. Here is a better picture (I think). I have removed the offending stone, but it was laying under the bridge.
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Wouldn't cutting the root kill the tree? ie. I should ask an arborist before cutting?
 
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THAT is a root?? Where does it go? Definitely consult a specialist in order to not kill the tree.
 
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I see this as the tree making you pick between it and the bridge. Your call.
 
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I agree. Pretty sure the arborist will come to the same conclusion as stickshift. Plus, cutting one root will probably not damage the tree, it's got LOTS of other roots. But the arborist may say leave it, since he can't "guarantee" what will happen if you cut it.

I wouldn't think twice. Course, it isn't my call.
 
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In the picture you can see it on the left. It juts out over the water and then back into earth.
 
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What kind of tree is it? Hopefully not an oak.
 
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Old 02-04-17, 03:57 AM
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This isn't part of the South Fork of Peachtree Creek, is it? Just a private creek?
 
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