Asked on Mar 15, 2012

Red bud tree question - exposed roots

Douglas HuntWalter Reeves


We have an established one (about 3-4 years old) that had cotton easters growing under it. The cotton easters have begun to die so we cutback/dug them up. We can now see that two of the main roots of the Redbud tree are on the surface of the ground. Should we mulch over those, if so how deep? We are in Raleigh, NC . Thanks.
2 answers
  • Walter Reeves
    on Mar 15, 2012

    A layer of mulch is nice because it protects the roots from damage. A 2" layer of pines chips is what I'd use in GA.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 15, 2012

    If you uncovered the roots when removed the cotoneaster, I would try to replace the soil as possible before applying the mulch. As Walter says, 2 or 3 inches will do the trick.

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