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    tree roots in lawn

    Since 1989 I have had a flowering apple tree growing in my front lawn. I need to replace the lawn but some of the tree roots have surfaced in the lawn.

    If I cover the surface roots with soil and plant grass over the area, will this kill the tree?

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    RE: tree roots in lawn

    It certainly could smother the tree. The effects of doing so would vary by species but the bottom line is your grass isn't going to do well on top of the roots anyway. Might as well mulch there and keep grass at a minimum to reduce the cost and reduce the amount of maintenance and fertilizing and mowing.

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    RE: tree roots in lawn

    Tree surface roots in lawns are often related to frequent shallow watering of grass. This virtually forces the tree to look for water ain the top few inches of the soil.

    The surface roots are very difficult to correct once they are established. You may need to choose between keeping the tree or having green grass there.

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