How do you cover up large live oak tree roots?

by Csb24066604
The tree is huge 34 years old, I want some grass in my backyard but the tree roots are running everywhere. Do I just bring in top soil and cover them up then add sod?

  4 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 18, 2018

    you can add a few inches of top soil, choose sod for your area and lighting, make sure you use starter fertilizer as well.

  • Sandra Durbin Geraci Sandra Durbin Geraci on Apr 18, 2018

    No, you cannot "cover" the'll kill the tree. You can however, plant ivy or some other type of ground cover beneath the tree. The ground cover will spread, and provide complete coverage within a short period of time.

  • Bijous Bijous on Apr 18, 2018

    Raise the canopy of your tree and thin it out so you get some sunlight through. Now you can use pavers around the exposed tree roots. Use containers for interesting plantings. The tree will not survive if you smother the above ground root system. Good luck.

  • Jma30128905 Jma30128905 on Apr 18, 2018

    If you are talking about the tops of the ones from the trunk I wouldn't advise it. That is called the collar and it can kill the tree. Most trees do not like their collars covered. Plants shade loving plants or ground cover under the tree.