Exposed Tree Roots

Exposed Tree Toots

If you have some large trees planted in your garden, you may see some exposed tree roots due to a variety of reasons. The soil erosion may cause the roots to appear on the ground and the quick growth of the tree roots will also emerge on the ground, and thus make damages on the lawn or sidewalks. If the exposed roots are hiding in the lawn, the lawnmower may also be damaged accidentally and the tree roots will be affected as well. Generally, the above ground roots are searching for nutrients, water and oxygen. Unthoughtful covering with too much soil may easily kill the tree.

When covering the exposed roots, you should apply no more than 2 inches of soil on it. You should leave enough distance between the soil and the trunk. Covering soil on the trunk will make it rot quickly. Then you can apply a layer of mulching material under the tree to keep moisture and warmth. The area under the tree canopy should be entirely covered with mulch which enables the tree roots to breathe freely. Some ground cover plants can be planted under the tree.

As for the mulching materials, wood chip is one of the best materials for this purpose. Since the mulch layer is no more than 2 inches in height, wood chips will not be harmful for the tree roots. Another reason to use wood chips is that the chips will release some chemicals which will facilitate the growth of the tree.

Image provided by Ross [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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