Problem with tree roots
May 11, 2014 7:13 AM Subscribe
Surface roots from our silver maple are making our backyard unusable. Can we do anything about it?
posted by werkzeuger to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We have a 35 year old silver maple in our backyard. We love the tree because it provides summer shade for the house, a place for kid swings, and all the other great tree reasons. However this tree has slowly developed surface roots that make backyard life much harder. It is literally impossible to walk around the tree barefoot (painful!) and not much better with shoes on. The roots trip my kids, then they fall ON the roots.
I'm looking for solutions, arborial and otherwise. It's my understanding that adding fill (topsoil) on top of the roots is a big no-no because it harms the tree. I don't have much hope but perhaps some MeFite knows a solution. I'm also open to other approaches like building a deck over some of the area.