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Exposed pine roots
« on: May 04, 2021, 07:31:47 AM »
We have a large (33" dbh) SYP many of whose roots are exposed out to as far as 75' from the trunk; some of the smaller ones have died and some are high enough above the ground surface that they get hit by the mower. They have emerged from the ground in about the last 5 to 10 years. The tree has no dead needles, very few small dead branches so it appears healthy to me. The soil does not appear to be eroding although the grass is not very dense around some of the roots. What does this indicate and what could/should be done about it? The roots can be a trip hazard so it would be nice if they weren't there but I am reluctant to remove them if they are viable or cover them with topsoil if erosion is not the problem.



 

 

 
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Re: Exposed pine roots
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 08:09:17 AM »
Hard to say from picture, but, would indicate a hardpan in the soil.
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Re: Exposed pine roots
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2021, 08:38:44 AM »
I have a couple exactly like that in a small field. Picture made me do a doubletake. Definitely a hard pan under mine.

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Re: Exposed pine roots
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2021, 08:59:19 AM »
Why would it appear so late in the tree life? We have lived here 38 years.
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Re: Exposed pine roots
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2021, 10:42:27 AM »
You said it hits the mower. Are you raking up the pine needles each year? They turn to dirt eventually. 
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Re: Exposed pine roots
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2021, 11:24:32 AM »
No raking.
I have old (7 years) sawdust and wood chips near the mill that have roots from nearby trees growing in them. Would it be a good idea to spread that over the exposed roots or should I opt for top soil?
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Re: Exposed pine roots
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2021, 01:23:04 PM »
Shifting of the poles is likely the cause.   ::)
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