Tree roots

Asked October 15, 2020, 9:51 AM EDT

We have mature trees at the back of our yard. They have created large, bumpy roots throughout the yard. These are likely dangerous as we age. Hackberry and black walnut. Can i cover the roots with soil? In other words, raise the level of the yard a few inches?

Jefferson County Kentucky

1 Response

Do not apply additional soil to your yard. Tree roots will only grow up into the new soil and girdle existing roots leading to tree decline. Use 3 inches of mulch to cover roots where they may be the most trouble. If the roots are too dangerous, the only other solution is to remove to trees, roots and all. Your health and your family's health is paramount.

Feel free to contact our office if you have other questions.

Let me know if I can help you further!


Carol Wilder
Horticulture Technician
Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service
Email: carol.wilder@uky.edu

502-569-2344
4200 Gardiner View Avenue

Louisville KY 40213