How to Lay Sod Over Tree Roots


If you have trees in your yard, there will likely be a few roots poking above the ground. These can inhibit grass growth, making a lawn appear bumpy and less than lush. If you're facing this problem, remedy it by covering the exposed roots with sod, returning the green to your yard.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand-held tiller
  • Soil
  • Sod cutter or utility knife
  • Till the area around the tree roots to loosen the soil. Till about 6- to 8-inches deep.

  • Mix soil and fertilizer. Put a layer of about 2- to 3-inches of the soil and fertilizer mixture over the tilled ground and work the mixture into the soil with a rake. Put an 8- to 10-inch even layer of soil and fertilizer over the tree roots.

  • Lay sod over the tree roots, on top of the soil. If the sod needs to be cut to size, do so with a sod cutter or a utility knife, making sure to cut through the roots of the sod. Firmly press the sod into place.

  • Water the newly laid sod. Keep the area thoroughly watered and avoid stepping on the sod for about 2 weeks to allow it to take root.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be aware that laying sod over tree roots may cause damage to the tree by stunting its growth.
  • Note that the tree roots will continue to grow, so replacing the sod every few years will likely be necessary.

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