Monday, January 25, 2010

Working with tree roots

I like to dig out around the roots at the base of a great big tree - a live oak here - and plant small annuals such as flowers or herbs in the nooks and crannies. Then cover with mulch - I prefer bark chips because they stay in place better than the ubiquitous pine straw. You get whimsical, beautiful shapes:

Or sometimes just taking a single root and pairing it with a flower or plant:


  1. Thanks for your recent comment on my blog, Mike. You do classy work, and I love the creative touch you display in dealing with issues such as exposed tree roots.

    I see from your bio that you lived out West for a while. This past fall, I drove out to Route 66 in Illinois (from New England), then drove 66 all the way into California. I took lots of pictures along the way, to try to capture the changes in people's landscaping across the changing climate zones. The result is a photo gallery I posted on my site at

  2. This is such a wonderful idea. I can't WAIT to get out of our apartment and have real yard space to work with. Thanks for the comments on my blog- I'm really enjoying yours as well!