Tree Roots vs Grass

Asked March 31, 2020, 11:47 AM EDT

I have a small front yard dominated by a large tree. There are some surface roots, but one or two inches below the surface is densely rooted. I discovered that when cutting roots off a sprinkler.
The question is: how can I get grass to grow here?
Add topsoil and seed, do I need to dig the roots out (or will that kill the tree), or do I just need to come to grips with the fact I'll never have a nice lawn as long as the tree is there?

Douglas County Colorado

1 Response

Your tree and your grass are competing for the same water, sun and soil nutrients. You could certainly cut out roots to better top dress and reseed the lawn, knowing that this will have a negative impact on the tree. Or, as you suggested, you can live with the roots and enjoy the shade the full grown tree provides for your home.