tree roots

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greenman, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
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    I have to do a renovation. The topsoil, sod, and maybe a retaining wall, plants, etc. is no problem. The problem is the tree root above the ground. This guy wants sod, no bed, there. My suggetsion was to remove the tree AND the roots (if possible). It is pine(s), so the roots should not be too deep. Other option, cover the roots and lay sod. How can I cover the roots with dirt w/o smothering the pine? Or can I? What do you guys think? I can provide more information is needed.

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  2. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
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    another pic

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  3. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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    I would NEVER sod that.


    Soil and seed, with them knowing it will not be perfect but only an adequate lawn.


    Remove the trees.
     
  4. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
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    If those are pine trees, chances are the trees are going to cause problems with any new sod or grass you might plant there. Pine trees and grass don't go together so well.

    And it is my understanding tree roots grow above ground like that because the soil is so hard and clay-ish that they can't collect water and nutrients. That might be a heads up about what's under the lawn there.

    Of course, I could be wrong. I'm no arborist.

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  5. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Fill topsoil and grade the soil right over top of the roots. I would sod right upto the roots then cut a slit or start a new piece so there would be and opening right about the root. There shouldn't be any problem at all with dirt and sod right about the base of the pine.
     
  6. sbvfd592

    sbvfd592 LawnSite Senior Member
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    LIME 2x a year:blob4:
     
  7. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Whats the Lime trick do exactly?
     
  8. sbvfd592

    sbvfd592 LawnSite Senior Member
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    level out the ph in the soil
     
  9. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Incorporate the two trees into a flower bed, Hostas,Ferns, and mulch.

    Gene
     
  10. Art Stubbs handy 58

    Art Stubbs handy 58 LawnSite Member
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    You and the home owner will never be happy with the look, if you sod. I would'nt think that putting black top soil and seed would do the trick either. I would recommend making a perennial bed out of the tree area, it would be the most successful solution for what you are dealing with...
     

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