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Landscape Tree Ring 8

landscape tree ring 8
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The second area of confusion is what in the heck to do with that berm when your tree starts to grow larger. This is where a lot of people will build a rock fortress several stones high then fill it in with dirt because now it looks silly :-/…yes it does. Better still (sarcasm) they will build a very small diameter stone fortress (as shown above) that will one day be a prison for a growing tree that must have room to spread its proverbial limbs. Now you have an expensive pile of rubble and a girdled tree.  If you like the look of a stone border around your trees, make it large and low, you should be able to see the tree “flair” or “bell shape” at the base of the tree trunk coming from the ground. After about the 2nd year a tree no longer requires the mulch berm, now it needs a tree ring.  A ring you say? Yes a tree ring that is wide and flat and serves another purpose than its rotund counterpart. I ask often and will continue to do so, “when was the last time you saw a tree in the woods and it had sod underneath it?”  You didn’t, you saw organic matter and symbiotic plant life, but not a carpet of competition and sadness. Grass is a water hog and eats up all the trees nutrients by blocking the organic matter that would be there naturally.

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