Tree roots that stick out above the ground can cause plenty of trouble. If they are growing near a paved area, that concrete could quickly damage as the roots move up from below and break it into sections. Also, your lawnmower may be in danger when moving near these kinds of trees, and they are a tripping hazard, especially for children running around in the yard.
Of course, you don’t want to bring down an entire tree just because some of its roots are above the surface of the ground, you want alternative solutions to this matter. Below, you’ll find out what to do with tree roots above ground, and we’ll also point out a couple of mistakes that you should avoid. For help with the work of fixing tree roots above the ground, call TLC today to speak with a member of our friendly team.
Before we provide you with three options to fix this issue properly, let’s take a moment to cover some things you should avoid in this situation.
In most cases, this is going to be the best way to proceed. With mulch, you can fill in the gaps between the roots, bringing the level of the mulch roughly up even with the top of the roots. This will improve the appearance of the area and it should also make it a little safer and less of a tripping hazard. As an additional benefit, the mulch should help hold moisture and nutrients in that area that may have simply run away otherwise. So, you could be left with a healthier tree that looks better and isn’t difficult to walk around. Consider mulching this area as your first option and only look into the alternatives if there is a specific reason that mulch won’t work for you.
If you aren’t worried about the way the tree roots look and you simply want to navigate the area safely, consider using stepping stones like concrete pavers. Depending on the layout of the roots, you might be able to place stones throughout the area, in between the roots, in a way that creates a path from one part of your property to another. This might be your best bet if the tree with exposed roots is found in a spot that needs navigating often..
We mentioned earlier that growing grass on top of the roots isn’t a great idea, as it will be hard to maintain and may not grow very well. With that said, you might use a ground cover plant to accomplish a similar mission. With ground cover, you won’t have to mow the area, and the maintenance that is required should be minimal. Also, there are plenty of options for ground cover plants that don’t need a lot of direct sunlight, so living under a tree won’t be a problem.
Without experience in dealing with this kind of problem, you might struggle to decide exactly how to proceed. Not to worry – TLC does this kind of work regularly, and we’ll be happy to bring our knowledge to your situation. Give us a call or reach out through our website and we can work with you to decide how best to handle this part of your landscape. Thank you for taking the time to visit and we look forward to working with you soon.
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