I hope this is not OT here. I am going to put in a new yard. The current one is barely there. This lack of grass has resulted in erosion of the soil and exposing of tree roots.
I'm going to till the yard under but don't want to harm the roots as you can imagine. The trees are tall and nice, probably 25yrs old.
My plan was to:
- dump some enriched new topsoil into the yard and level it out
- determine the depth that the tiller goes
- follow the exposed root to where it goes underground
- determine at what point the root goes deep enough to be safe from the blade
- plant a stake there, then plant one where the root joints the base of the tree
- tie a string between the stakes
Then it seems I should be able to till the whole yard under without hitting a root as long as I avoid the string.
I've helped put in a yard on a new construction house but the trees were tiny and roots were not an issue. Let me know if you see any problems with this plan. Thanks.
I'll be putting in sod after the tilling. I plan to thin out the canopy of branches overhead. Even though it's a nice looking canopy and I keep the branches trimmed, I think the lack of light is what contributed to the decline of the yard.