tree roots

Old 07-30-04, 02:49 PM
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tree roots

I have 3 maple trees and the dirt around them is eroding and the roots are showing. Can I just build up dirt around them or will it kill the trees?
Thanks, Jerry
Old 07-30-04, 08:11 PM
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It is likely that the roots are just showing more as the tree grows. Surface roots are a characteristic of maples. Adding soil won't solve the problem. The roots will be back. But adding soil to the surface under the canopy of a tree will harm the tree. For appearance, add mulch and leave it with a bed or plant some shrubs or flowers beneath the tree.

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