Exposed Tree Roots - Knowledgebase Question

Name: lynn dynof
Colts Neck, NJ
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Question by frozenlime
February 15, 2000
What am I supposed to do with tree roots that are above ground level? Do I cover them with topsoil? Can I plant groundcover between them to cover them up?

Answer from NGA
February 15, 2000
Some trees naturally grow surface roots and need them to supply both water and air. In general it is not a good idea to disturb these roots or to cover them with soil. Some trees are very sensitive to changes in grade and can even die when buried under even a few inches of soil. It is usually difficult to grow lawn under such a tree so groundcover would probably be a better alternative, although it may take some effort to establish it in between the tree roots.

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