Question From: C. Coogan - Slidell, Louisiana, United States
Q: I have a live oak and two water oaks in close proximity to each other. Half of our lawn is dirt because of the tree canopies. We like our trees and the birds that come because of them. But with active little boys, the numerous roots (large and small) become trip hazards. When it rains, it can be a muddy mess as well. The soil on the tree side of the patio has eroded so that the concrete is higher than the soil. There is a drainage canal behind our home that we are losing soil to. We have a number of low spots that accumulate water when it rains. The other half of the yard has grass, though not in great shape, but it gets plenty of sun. We're looking for ideas that won't hurt the trees but might help with the trip hazards, soil erosion, and lack of vegetation. Thanks!
Chris, you have a lot of issues. You need to get an on-site inspection from a professional. A landscape architect is probably your best bet. Check your local independent garden center or nursery for recommendations. Do get references and check them out. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy