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One of the easiest ways to manage a bare soil area around trees is to plant some sort of ground cover.
Be sure to dig a hole large enough to accommodate the plant's roots. Always break up the root ball so that water and nutrients can reach the root system.
Leaves pile up quickly, which means that sunlight and carbon dioxide can soon be unable to penetrate them to reach the ground.