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?
q can i cover above ground roots w tanbark, gardening, landscape, outdoor living, roots are quite visible on the right side of photo
roots are quite visible on the right side of photo
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  • Aric V 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 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 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 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 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 Sammokka on Jun 04, 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.

  • DORLIS DORLIS 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 Mwi2186156 on Jun 13, 2016
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    • Roberta Shaw 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!!