How to Deal with Exposed Tree Roots

Are your roots showing? In this case, we’re not talking about your hair roots (which you may not care about anyway) but tree roots instead. You may think that exposed tree roots are no big deal, but they can become a problem. If you are dealing with exposed tree roots, here is information you need to know.

Tree Roots

Tree Root Issues

Tree roots expand both downward and outward from the tree. As your tree grows, your roots grow too. Tree roots usually are not a problem unless they get too close to your plumbing, septic tank, or foundation. However, if erosion is taking place on your property, there is a chance that some of your tree roots will become exposed. As more and more erosion from wind and water takes place, more and more of your tree roots will get exposed.

Once a tree root is exposed, there is potential for damage. Your tree root can get damaged by foot traffic, animals and lawn equipment. You will need to cover and protect your tree roots, because if they get damaged, they will not supply the tree with essential nutrients, and your tree could die.

Your best option is to cover your tree roots. There are two ways you can do that. You can cover your tree roots with organic mulch, such as pine straw, bark nuggets, or shredded wood. This will insulate and cushion your roots. Avoid mowing or trimming around exposed tree roots as well. You can also opt to cover your exposed roots completely with dirt. After the tree roots have been covered with dirt, you can then put ground cover over the roots and soil. Ground cover won’t hurt the tree root, and it will prevent erosion.

When you need help dealing with your exposed root issues, we hope you’ll give us a call. Contact Lamb Tree Care Service today at 941-377-3333!