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Maple Tree Roots

Q. The roots of my maple tree are growing above the soil surface. Why has this happened and what can I do about it?

A. Most species of maple trees are very shallow-rooted plants, so this is quite normal. The roots of maple trees that are located in turf areas are often injured by lawn mowers and other landscape equipment; therefore, it is recommended that a two- to three-inch layer of mulch be applied to the area beneath the drip line of the tree to prevent this injury, which can seriously affect the its overall health.