How to Lay Sod Over Tree Roots

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Laying sod over tree roots is a process that will vary depending on the size of those roots. Lay sod over tree roots with help from an experienced gardening professional in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Ghada Dergham, and today we're gonna learn how to lay sod over tree root systems. I would like to start by saying that not every tree likes its root system covered with sod. For example, citrus and many other fruit trees prefer to have their root system exposed to the oxygen to breathe in order for fruit to grow. So before you go laying sod over your tree roots, do a little bit of research to make sure that your tree will not be affected by sod laying over its root system. So, this is a really easy thing to do. I'd like to explain that some trees, their root system not only grows down into the ground, but also grow shallower roots that spread sideways and become exposed as this has over here. Oak trees have a tendency to do that. It's very easy to cover these root systems with simply using sod, some soil and a tool to till the soil. Now I prefer this tool called a scuffle hoe. A scuffle hoe is designed to actually help remove weeds without breaking your back, but if you turn it the other way it becomes a great tilling tool. As you could see, you're able to move the soil around. Make sure to loosen all the soil around the root system like this. You're probably gonna have to do this about 4 to 6 inches. Continue on doing this around the root system. As you could see, roots that are exposed not only are unsightly, but they cause a tripping hazard as well. So by the time we're finished here, we're gonna be able to have a nice smooth surface, and remember when you're laying sod to always pitch it away from your home or sidewalks. So by using this scuffle hoe, which was originally designed to remove weeds without breaking your back, I was able to turn it on the other side and use it as a tilling tool to till around the root system. Now the area is ready for some top soil. So we're gonna spread the top soil at about 6 to 8 inches, because as the tree grows the root system's gonna become bigger and thicker, and this will be a fix that will last a bit longer. Spread the soil with a hard rake to cover the root system completely. Make sure to get a nice even space and smooth surface for your sod. So now that we've laid our soil over the root system and covered it with 6 to 8 inches, we're ready to lay our sod down. So the first thing you need to do is grab your sod and place them butting each other, just like this. Make sure not to leave any gaps between sod. Now that we've covered the root system with sod, it's time to learn how to take care of your sod. Newly planted sod requires daily watering for the first 30 days, then after that the following 30 days you need to water three times a week. Fertilization is just as important as watering, so your sod can get established and grow. Thank you for watching, I'm Ghada Dergham, look forward to seeing you soon.


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