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Dealing with exposed tree roots (Pine)

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by stumped, May 13, 2006.

  1. stumped

    stumped LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I'm new here so bare with me if this question has already been asked.
    I have a number of huge Pine trees in my yard. They range from 75' to 100' tall. A couple of years ago the roots started popping through the ground. This year I can barely get a mower over them without clipping one.
    I know I shouldn't cut them, but I have to do something. Two of them are right in the front yard and look like heck!
    So, HELP!!!!! I'm sort of lawn challenged!:eek:
  2. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,474

    Get a load of top soil in and cover them up. Or kill the lawn and mulch over them. Less to mow.
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Do not cover them up with topsoil..grass competing with roots the roots will always win.Mulch
  4. stumped

    stumped LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I guess I should have mentioned the roots span out and cover about 1/3 of my front lawn, mulching won't work. Can I use topsoil and just raise the lawn level so I don't clobber the roots with my mower??:confused:
  5. stumped

    stumped LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I did a site search this morning on this subject, went way back. Guess you are the one who knows their stuff. The roots stick up a couple of inches. I have already clipped many of them with the mower knocking off huge chunks of root, not helping my mower a bit! Unfortunately the tree belongs to the village so I can't just cut it down, besides it a beautiful pine tree. The problem is the roots extend out at least 20 or 30 feet from the tree. I can't mulch that much space. Can I fill the space between the roots with top soil to at least make it mowable? The space between exposed roots is roughly 2 to 3 feet apart.

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