Above Ground Roots

Above Ground Roots

Sometimes, you may see the roots of your trees appear above the ground. This is not a rare thing when the roots are competing for nutrients and water. This is especially apparent when you have grass lawn under the tree and you regularly provide fertilizers and water for them. So, the tree roots will emerge on the ground to compete for nutrients with your lawn.

Although just a few grass species can survive under the large canopy of the tree due to the dense shade, there are some options for lawn planting. Most of them are clumping grasses which need reseeding every year to keep the lawn green in summer. The reseeding process need fertilizers and water which will attract the tree roots to emerge from underground. This is not because the trees are not planted deep enough. Actually, deep planting will do harm to the trunk and the bark and make them rot quickly.

When you see the tree roots appearing on surface of the ground, you can simply cover the roots with some soil and peat moss which can make the soil acidic. This can help establish an area of mosses under the canopy of the trees. These mosses need very little maintenance and they can also provide you all-year-long green colour for your garden. They are great ground cover plants which can help hide your emerged roots back into underground.

Image provided By David Eickhoff from Pearl City, Hawaii, USA (Pandanus tectorius Uploaded by Tim1357) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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