Q: What do you do about exposed tree roots?
A: In most cases, the large exposed roots are near the tree trunk. The all-important slender feeder roots are buried near the drip line and beyond. If that’s your situation, cover the exposed roots with good quality planting soil and install shade loving plants. Or you could simply cover them with pine straw or chips. Don’t place any soil or mulch within six inches of the trunk. It needs to be kept dry to prevent bark rot. If the exposed roots are at or beyond the drip line, dig under the root to expose it so it can be clipped cleanly and removed.