Exposed Tree Roots

Jack_EApril 23, 2013

Hi,
Hope to get some ideas from this forum regarding a tree we have with some extreme root exposure. It's on a lakeside bank which has eroded quite a bit. The tree is very healthy and growing straight (not tipping), but you can see right through from the top of the bank on one side to the water.

I would like to fill in the root cavity - mainly to prevent critters from moving in and doing tree damage, If I fill it with dirt/gravel I'm afraid it will eventually get washed away. I was wondering if I could fill the lower part with some expanding foam, and then dirt fill over that. Also thinking concrete, but not sure either would do more harm than good.

Any feedback would be great. Thank you!

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joeinmo 6b-7a

I would use clay, it resists water well, Definately don't use expanding foam, it could be damaging to the bark, plus might break off and kill birds by suffocation etc.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 8:43PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

The foam and concrete are bad ideas. Simple/easy solutions may not be viable over the long run. Googling something like 'shoreline restoration' should lead you to workable solutions.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 10:58PM
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poaky1

I would be afraid to do much with it. I would imagine it has already toughened up it's roots with bark in response to this situation. Maybe I'm wronge but I think it has adapted a while ago.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 11:15PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

that tree has been there decades .. with little or no help from you ..

its when we start 'fixing' things.. that WE!!!! .. interrupt .... AND SCREW UP .. nature..

i suggest you ignore it.. and let it be ...

to channel your inner hippie:

Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

see link

ken

ps: now when you walk by it.. you can hum the song.. rather than dream up 'fixes' ....

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 7:18AM
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pkvir(z7b DFW TX)

As ken said "Let it be".

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 1:54PM
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arktrees(6b NW Arkansas)

Agree with let it be.

On a side note. This has to be one of the best demonstration of root grafting that I have seen. Really shows what's going on underground.

Arktrees

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 2:44PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Happens on lakeshores everywhere. The trees seem to get by.

tj

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 5:20PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You should also know that efforts to slow down or halt the natural progression of lake-beach-river side erosion rarely work for very long.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 5:45PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You should also know that efforts to slow down or halt the natural progression of lake-beach-river side erosion rarely work for very long.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 5:51PM
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Jack_E

Thanks for all the replies! Based on the feedback I think it's best to leave it alone. Looks kind of cool anyway!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 9:08AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

Looks kind of cool anyway!

==>> EXACTLY!!!! .. love it for what it is... rather than 'help' it ...

its REALLY COOL ... that was my gut reaction also

ken

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 10:24AM
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