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roots problem

eliahwoodcutter

LawnSite Member
i need your help guys!!---please
one of my customers has a very bad yard . and that because it has a lot of roots from trees . like every body knows if you cut the roots the tree it will die. now question is - can i cover it with lots of top soil and then seed it???
some tree experts told me that tree rots suck all the water from the Grass...
i am just confused, should i remove the roots or try to cover them.
any advise it will be appreciate!!!

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GFTC

LawnSite Member
Location
Kansas City
Do not add soil.Raising the grade can be detrimental to the trees as well. Offer to mulch the area where the roots are exposed. The tree will thank you for it.
 

GFTC

LawnSite Member
Location
Kansas City
Here's a Sweetgum that I mulched last week. This area was 30' in diameter. You can make it work if the customer is willing. This is very beneficial for the tree.

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EagleLandscape

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
Garland, Texas
First off, its not the roots that suck up the water, its the root hairs. Grass roots don't grow very deep, so they are gonna get first shot at the water before the root hairs of the tree gets to it. If there are alot of roots exposed, it could just be the root growth pattern of the tree. What kinda of tree is it? You can put topsoil and whatnot on top of the roots, but before you do that, please post a picture and I'll tell you what your options are.
 

sheshovel

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
zone 7 CA
I don't think it is ugly at all and mulching is the best answer to this guys problem...You DO NOT add soil around or over the rootzone of a mature tree because it smothers the roots and they can't "breath".Growing a lawn under lots of tree's with roots exposed is not an easy thing to do.
mabey keep parts of the lawn that are growing well and mulching the rest is your best bet.Need a pic
 

GFTC

LawnSite Member
Location
Kansas City
Planting in that area would defeat the purpose of mulching that area, to reduce competition for nutrients in that area. Let me guess, you're one of those landscapers who thinks mulch volcanoes are beneficial for the tree? Or you just don't care about the health of the trees on someones property as long as it looks good.
 

freddyc

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Western Ma
this is a tree I removed a few weeks ago. I know the oic is a little dark, but if you look close, there is a ctually a double root ball about 3ft apart.

This was a maple about 8" in diameter.

It was located on a small slope and about ten yeas ago, the area was filled with sand as a shortcut leveling procedure.

In general, about 1-1.5 ft of sand was piled around an existing tree, and for the last ten years or so, it appears that the leaves from that tree and many adjacent trees built up a compost/topsoil. A second rootball grew out into the sandy area and both root systems were very healthy. There was a little scrub grass growing around the tree when I started.


The tree had 2 very healthy root systems and was about 25' tall. It had a 3" offshoot branch that was about 18 ft tall.

Although I don't agree with adding topsoil over existinbg tree roots in general, this is living proof that it can be done and a tree can survive it and thrive.
 
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