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Q.Skinny Red Roots In Raised Bed

Zone Zone 7 - Mashpee, MA on Cape Cod | di42na added on March 16, 2024 | Answered

I had a successful garden in my 2-year-old raised bed and was preparing the soil for this spring’s planting. I discovered clumps of skinny red roots at one end of the bed. Some were in matted balls, others were just loose every where. I do have an arborvitae somewhat near that same end of the raised bed. The roots don’t seem to be connected to any bush or tree.

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Answered on March 18, 2024

This does resemble Arborvitae root systems. If the roots are being exposed, excessively, then you may want to cover them with a little topsoil.

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