tree roots on top - Knowledgebase Question

Parsons, Ka
Question by jgbow4751
April 12, 2010
We have the yr round soggy soil next to the house d/t clay and are installing french drains. Took up the mulch, and see the Keterri Juniper roots on top of the soil. Do these need to be transplanted or once we get the drains in they should send their roots down rather than up?

Answer from NGA
April 12, 2010


It's not too unusual to find roots growing in mulch above the soil line. The mulch holds moisture and releases nutrients as it decomposes and there was more oxygen because it was less soggy than the soil. The juniper roots probably thought they found the most wonderful place to grow. I'd leave the juniper roots alone. Once the drains are installed, just re-cover the roots with the mulch. With less saturated soil, the roots should develop underground and the above ground roots will no longer be needed. They should eventually die out but it will be a gradual process so your juniper should suffer no stress or shock.

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