Amazing Nature Thematic Challenge-#2/1/21: Public Trees

Our County Fair Grounds are full of trees, shady trees. I noticed that the trees look the same, about the same age, and quite unusual.

The roots were exposed!

It can't be good to have exposed tree roots! Sure they are pretty to look at. Quite mystifying really. But the roots are exposed to the elements, and that can't be good!

Why are the roots exposed?

Some say that roots become exposed due to forces like erosion. Roots get exposed when rain and wind erode the soil around the tree.

Can tree roots be exposed?

I can imagine the roots being trampled by foot traffic when there are presentations are held here. Most especially during Summers, they can be scalded by the sun.The poor roots can have trouble retaining moisture.

What to do about exposed roots.

DON’T TRY TO FIX EXPOSED ROOTS BY covering them with topsoil. When you add topsoil on top of the exposed roots you risk adding too much or packing the soil too tight which would stop the roots from getting the water and oxygen they need. The roots may also grow right through the topsoil before long. Plus, if your roots are exposed because of erosion the new topsoil you add will just be eroded again in a year or two.

What can be done?

It appears that all the trees here have been neglected for many years now! The issues of exposed roots were not addressed sooner. It would have been easier to fix exposed tree roots earlier by maintaining them with a mulch bed around the tree. This would protect the exposed roots and provide lots of benefits for the tree.

These are public trees and you would expect the city and/or county departments to be taking care of them.

Or are they?

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