How to Handle Exposed Tree Roots

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How to Handle Exposed Tree Roots

Tree root systems are very vast and complex to look at. They are windy and provide so much strength to the tree. Since most tree roots are under the ground, the typical homeowner won’t be looking into their yard to see any roots. Sometimes, a few tree roots can grow to be seen above the ground. What might it mean when exposed tree roots begin to happen? How can you work with them to keep your tree strong and your yard safe? 

What causes exposed tree roots?

Even though it might seem like your tree’s roots are growing in an upward direction, the root system of a tree grows outwards and downwards from its base. Noticing any roots above ground can happen when there is erosion of the soil. The ground may be exposed to heavy rain and lack of sun, which causes erosion. This will expose the roots and potential cause them some hard while they are above ground for some time. 

What To Do with Any Exposed Tree Roots

A tree’s roots can quickly be damaged by people, lawn mowers, and other tools in your yard. Damaged roots can’t efficiently do their job of getting water and nutrients for the tree, and this can negatively influence your tree’s the health and well-being of your tree. If you notice a tree with exposed tree roots in your yard, you are able to do some things to limit any harm and protect your trees:

  • You don’t want people walking all over the roots, so avoid spending time in areas of your lawn with the roots. 
  • Place mulch over the roots for added protection from the elements and animals.
  • Try to use organic elements as your choice of mulch over the roots.
  • You should spread mulch over the whole area in case of soil erosion to protect exposure to other roots.
  • Avoid mowing your lawn too close to the exposed roots. You don’t want to accidentally damage them with the mower blade.
  • If you want another option to mulching around the exposed roots, spread new soil and add some plants.

Contact a Tree Professional

If you are ever curious about the well-being of your tree, contact Dudley Tree! Our team of tree professionals have years of experience in the tree industry. Contact us for more information about our services. Whether you need tree removal, tree trimming, pruning, or stump grinding, we can take care of it. Give us a call or fill out our contact form to get in touch!


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Signs It’s Time To Prune Your Trees

Pruning your trees allows them to stay happy and healthy all year long. It can help avoid damage to your home and other structures, as well as eliminate the need for constantly removing diseased or dead trees. Learn the signs of knowing when to prune your backyard trees, so our professionals can take care of it for you.

Broken Branches

When your trees have broken or cracked branches, this is a threat to people in your yard or your home. Depending on the size of these branches, they can do a lot of harm. Make sure these are taken care of as soon as possible. If there is a heavy storm, these branches will be the first things to fall. They also do not look great on your trees. 

Deep Cracks

Deep cracks in your trees are caused by the temperature fluctuating. This isn’t something to worry about in the summer, but during the winter, when water gets into the cracks and freezes overnight, the issue becomes larger. 

Excessive Greenery

If you are having a hard time seeing through your trees, this is a big sign of needing to prune and trim. When branches are severely dense, this is likely to cause damage from wind and storms. You may like the look of the greenery and foliage, but in the long run, this can cause harm.

Tree Cankers

When a spot of your tree’s bark is sunken in or missing, this can signal disease or decay. Cankers can be created by a fungus, insects, chemicals, or environmental conditions. Young fruit trees have a tricky time recovering from cankers. Even stabilized shade trees can be weakened by cankers, making them more sensitive to wind damage. To prevent the rotting from getting worse, you should try to remove as much of it as possible. The tree should only be pruned during times of the year when the weather is dry.

Untamed Growth

When trees are not pruned regularly, they can grow in ways that are not fit for your yard. A misshapen tree does not distribute its weight properly, which can cause branches to break and damage your property. This is especially important for young or newly planted trees, which need more guidance to grow in the right direction. When it comes to untamed growth, opt for getting your trees trimmed by a professional. Dudley’s can be there for you. This is a hard job to do, so trying it yourself is not the best option

Contact Us For Pruning Services

Dudley Tree is happy to provide residents of southern New Hampshire and the north shore of Massachusetts with a variety of tree services that include trimming and pruning. Contact us to learn more. Give us a call or fill out our contact form.

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