Shallow Roots - Knowledgebase Question

Grimsby, ON
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Question by shabui
March 20, 2000
My front lawn has three huge old growth trees across the front. A path is being worn between them as I live on a corner. I do not want a fence. I would prefer a natural barrier such as a groundcover or ornamental grasses, but I can hardly make a bed with so many roots from the trees. Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
March 20, 2000
Would you be able to construct some raised beds? That way, you could bring in some topsoil and fill the beds with whatever you want. As long as you only cover a small portion of the ground under the trees, you shouldn't harm them. (In general, you shouldn't cover shallow tree roots with soil -- they're near the surface because they need air.)

If you didn't want to build raised beds, some large containers (like half whiskey barrels) might deter people and look attractive.

Hope this helps!

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