Jeana G
Jeana G
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  • Carlisle, PA
Asked on May 29, 2012

Can I cover above ground roots w/ tanbark?



Might be hard to see in picture, but this is my driveway garden area..... there are 2 enormous, 100 year old Norway Spruces in this area and there are many roots that are above the ground........... is it ok to use a 6 inch covering of tan bark or will that potentially damage the roots and trees?
roots are quite visible on the right side of photo
roots are quite visible on the right side of photo
9 answers
  • Aric V
    on May 29, 2012

    you should not have any problem covering them with bark...i had the same thing with a landscape i did around an old cedar tree a couple years ago..i used shredded Cyprus mulch and it did fine

  • Jeana G
    on May 29, 2012

    Thanks for replying, and saying exactly what I hoped the response would be..LOL! This area desperately needs mulch, but I was hesitant. Now I can't wait to mulch it!

  • I wouldn't go any deeper than 2-3" with the bark, though. Cypress is nice, and I like the mini pine bark nuggets, too. They last a long time in MI.

  • Jeanette S
    on May 30, 2012

    Make sure any bark brought near the house has been treated so you don't get termites!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 30, 2012

    I would stick for 2 to 3 inches as well. You don't want to artificially change the planting depth of the your Norway spruces. As long as any mulch is not in contact with the house--3 or 4 inches away--you do not need to worry about termites.

  • Jeana G
    on May 30, 2012

    2-3 inches sounds good... (and saves me some money too, always a good thing! LOL!) And thank you for reminding me about making sure the mulch is treated.... the house is 200 years old and is log constructed, so I sure as heck don't want termites discovering that it would make a nice snack!

  • Sammokka
    on Jun 4, 2015

    Predators for termites are centipedes or ants. Planting mint tea, lavender and rosemary seem to help keep the nasties away. I also love in an old farm house; lots of trees.

    on Jul 15, 2015

    I love the smell of mint, but it tends to take over would prefer lavender and rosemary. I have catnip and that is enough. The only reason it stays is my cats - they have been flea and tick free for 4 years. Strong mints repel them, the cats like to roll in the plants and so ae free of fleas and ticks.

  • Mwi2186156
    on Jun 13, 2016

    Please do not display our beautiful flag this way. Thanks.

    • Roberta Shaw
      on Jun 30, 2016

      I think it's a beautiful piece of artwork. You can display our flag anyway you want. Only thing is is if you hang it vertically in a window make sure the stars are on the right side of flag keep your flag illuminated at night and if there's bad weather bring it inside!!

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