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Name: Phyllis Bryant
Upstate N.Y. (Zone 5a)
Aug 19, 2016 12:20 PM CST
My young Red Maple tree has small branches growing out from the trunk and other larger branches. Should I remove them now? Also there are large roots showing from the base of the tree. Should I cover them up with soil?
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
Plant Identifier Garden Sages
Aug 19, 2016 12:25 PM CST
I wouldn't get in too much of a hurry.
I'd let the tree get the benefit from those branches...
The roots at the soil surface are there to get air. Adding soil would be a disservice.
You can add mulch, or just wait for the tree to add it's own mulch

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