• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
What-to-Do-with-Exposed-Tree-Roots.jpg

What to Do with Exposed Tree Roots

I have two silver maples whose roots have broken the ground and are above the grass. I'd like to fill in the area with soil to cover the exposed roots but have been told this could injure or even kill the trees. What's your opinion?

It is never a good idea to bury exposed tree roots or change the soil level around trees. Some trees may tolerate the change but most start to decline and can even die. I do not feel it is worth the risk. Plus if the tree survives the roots will continue to grow and reach the surface once again. Cutting the roots is equally risky. This creates wounds and entryways for insects and disease. Consider mulching or planting a shade tolerant groundcover in the area around the tree. It creates a better growing environment for the tree and eliminates the frustration of trying to mow the grass over the exposed roots.

Related

Upcoming Appearances


May 12, 2021
Top Plants for Rain Gardens, Water Gardens & Shoreline Gardens
+ Those to Avoid

Webinar

May 13, 2021
Planting Your Rain Garden
Webinar

May 16, 2021
Perennials for Challenging
Growing Conditions

Webinar

May 21-23, 2021
NARI Milwaukee Spring Home Improvement Show
In-person Appearance

June 3, 2021
Creative Container Gardening
Webinar

June 9, 2021
Sustainable Lawn & Landscape Care
Webinar

Register today! Plus, watch Melinda's past webinars ON DEMAND
for a limited time.

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Win Plantskydd Animal Repellent package

ENTER NOW