Need to cover roots above ground.. what to do?

I have a couple of large maple trees in my yard that the roots are raising up above the ground! Can I put more dirt on top of the area to level out or would putting mulch over the area be an alternative?

  6 answers
  • Dfm Dfm on Jun 04, 2018
    Mulch would be best.

  • Janice Janice on Jun 04, 2018
    I would suggest adding dirt to the area.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 04, 2018
    The roots won't hurt anything being above ground. My maple tree in the front yard is almost four foot across (not around). We never cover the roots. If you cover them and raise the soil level around the tree, you could injure the tree itself by having too much soil around the base of the tree.

    • DJP53 DJP53 on Jun 05, 2018
      thank you for your reply to my issue, Nancy. I want to level it out so we are not hitting them with the lawn mower.

  • Ann Ann on Jun 05, 2018
    You can add dirt but not too close to the base or it will choke the tree..leave a bare area 3ft around the base

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jun 05, 2018
    You can add mulch

    • DJP53 DJP53 on Jun 05, 2018
      thank you, Shoshana! Is that best to do a large area all around the tree to the end of the root area? Should I dig up the weeds and grass already around them also?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 16, 2021

    Either would do, Depends on whether you want to grow plant under tree or not!