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
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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