Edge trench around tree

Joetee

LawnSite Member
Location
Kentucky
I have a fairly large tree in my lawn. I want to trench an edge around it and mulch it.
Trouble is, the roots are everywhere at the surface. Most are within inches of each other. I'm already about 8 feet from the trunk which is close to the leaf edge.
I have a 1 acre yard.
I'm afraid if I go out any further, it will look funny.
Any suggestions?
I have most of the yard already edged so I was hoping to do this tree as well.
 

agrostis

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Winston-Salem NC
How big of a tree are you talking about ? You really need to post pictures. Unless the tree is really big most tree ring edges line up with the tree canopy's drip line. An undersized tree ring looks worse than funny. Don't worry about those roots unless they are massive.
 
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Joetee

Joetee

LawnSite Member
Location
Kentucky
How big of a tree are you talking about ? You really need to post pictures. Unless the tree is really big most tree ring edges line up with the tree canopy's drip line. An undersized tree ring looks worse than funny. Don't worry about those roots unless they are massive.
The trunk is maybe 20 inches across.
The drip edge is maybe 20 to 24 feet across. I thought about going all the way out past the surface roots but I'm not sure it would look good being mulched out that far.
 
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Joetee

Joetee

LawnSite Member
Location
Kentucky
On trees that size your tree ring edge needs to line up with drip line. It will look a lot better than you think if you make a nice edge for it.
Ok great. So should I just ignore the roots and trench in between them?
 

hal

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Georgia
Ok great. So should I just ignore the roots and trench in between them?
What kind of tree is this? I really don't think it would hurt the tree if you were to cut some of the roots that far out. But if you can trench it with out cutting them that would be better for the longevity of the tree.
 
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Joetee

Joetee

LawnSite Member
Location
Kentucky
What kind of tree is this? I really don't think it would hurt the tree if you were to cut some of the roots that far out. But if you can trench it with out cutting them that would be better for the longevity of the tree.
I have no idea. I try to get a photo after work.
 

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