|I have a Water Oak in my backyard and a lot of topical roots spreading out everywhere. It is my only shade tree and I would like to keep it. Do I cut the roots or cover them with yards of dirt?
|It's normal for a water oak to produce above ground roots. I'd just leave them alone. Don't cover with topsoil, or you'll suffocate the roots. If you find them unattractive you can plant a groundcover beneath the tree to hide the roots. Choose one that grows 4-6" high and the roots will be happy with the fresh air they get yet you won't be able to see the roots as they hide under the groundcover.