bury cedar roots

Asked September 25, 2019, 9:02 AM EDT

can my husband bury the roots and partial trunk of our large cedars without killing it? He used clay.

Douglas County Wisconsin

1 Response

The short answer is no. Trees need to have access to oxygen which they process through their roots. If you bury the roots the tree may suffocate. And pushing dirt up against the trunk will likely cause the trunk to rot. Both are likely to cause the tree a great deal of stress that can lead to vulnerability to insect attack and disease or simply slow death. I've included a couple of factsheets to help you with the issue of exposed roots: https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/healthy-roots-and-healthy-trees-2-926/ and https://www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/yardandgarden/when-tree-roots-surface/