How to landscape around trees

I live in Jacksonville FL. hot hot hot... I have a tree that has alot of snarly stumps coming up through the ground, I've tried several types of flowers to grow & nothing grows there-so I was just going to put down some more dirt--it needs dirt to go around the tree-but I didn't know if I could add dirt as I heard that if you put too much down you could kill the tree? I'm so fed up with what to do?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Hi

Yes, putting soil over surface roots can slowly kill your tree. I suggest you cover the roots with a loose mulch such as shredded bark or pine needles. Anything that can cover the roots that still allows air circulation should work fine. Then, you can place pots of shade-loving annuals underneath the tree for color.


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