Landscaping around exposed tree roots


Old 05-12-05, 08:34 PM
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Landscaping around exposed tree roots

I have a tree with exposed roots of about a 10 foot circumference. Mowing is out of the question and I feel like I'm wasting weedeater line in that area. I was thinking about putting landscape timbers around the area, laying landscape fabric and just filling it in with pine straw.

Any other suggestions?
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Old 05-14-05, 06:28 PM
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Filling the space as you suggest will save you a lot of work. It will also have neat appearance.
Old 05-17-05, 04:17 PM
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Anything that tries to grow beneath a shallow-rooted tree has to compete for moisture with tree roots. Mulching the area beneath the tree is most definitely an option. Another option is to cover area with landscape cloth and add 12 inches of soil so you can plant some annuals or perennials or ground cover that is appropriate for your local growing zone and gardening conditions. Do not allow soil to touch tree trunk in order to avoid decay. Check in with your local Dept. of Agriculture Extension Agent for a list of plants that do well in your area and that meet the specifications of your growing conditions.

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