Can I build up my yard with dirt to cover the exposed tree roots ?

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My yard is low with big tree roots exposed.. I want to cover with dirt but I worry about my foundation or will it harm the trees? We have a city lot .. not big at akl
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  • Dur17465890 Dur17465890 on Feb 27, 2017
    I had the same problem and took my saw zaw and cut the root horizontaly off at grade level. I Did this to two trees last fall because the lawn mower bounced over them. None were cut off more than half the root to get the ground flat. This spring the trees are fine. I don't know that a tree professional would recommend this but I did it . Try at your own risk. Jay

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 27, 2017
    Good luck, keep us posted!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 27, 2017
    I would not do any cutting . Make a good mixture of peat moss and garden soil meant for trees and spread about two inches all around the trees. If that is still not enough apply mulch as well.

  • Jackie Young Rodgers Jackie Young Rodgers on Feb 27, 2017
    Thanks for all the answers .. I will keep you all posted when I make a move!

    • Equ20917472 Equ20917472 on Feb 28, 2017
      I think what you are referring to is the tree's root flares. Most large trees need to have these flares exposed to stay healthy. Never cover or destroy the root flares on an oak, pecan and citrus trees. There are definitely more, but just look it up on the internet. It will take a couple of years, but you will eventually kill the tree if you cover the flares.

  • A A on Feb 28, 2017
    We built a bed around the tree base and planted flowers, which worked very well. Of course, I'm pretty sure nothing kills Laurel oaks - well actually something does; we eventually had them removed. Messy, messy tree and not at all as interesting as Live Oaks.