Oregon, United States
Covering up willow tree roots? - I want to put a brick patio next to a willow tree in my backyard, many of the tree's roots are visible at or above the surface. If I lay the bricks in a bed of sand, as recommended, will it smother the tree? The poor tree isn't doing all that well anyway, it was planted there many years ago by someone who didn't really consider if it was the right place for it with regard to sun and water availability.
The tree is about 18-20 feet from the house, there's a deck between the house and the tree which leaves about 10' for the patio. Here's another photo taken from inside the house that shows it better. (those chairs and boards were involved in the deck construction and they are gone now)
- 19 Nov, 2009