Landscape ideas - dug-out tree

grasswhispererJuly 13, 2011

Hi all -

I would love to leverage the collective, creative minds out there! I have a maple tree that was slightly buried when our house was built (when they brought in fill for the lawn). It's been dug out for years to relieve the base of the tree from stress of being buried. (hopefully pics are visible below).

I need to clean up (re-dig out a bit) around the tree - but in short, it is ugly and I would love to hear any suggestions on how to better landscape the "hole" around the tree.

I've been thinking of some stone around, but this would entail building a wall around the hole - not sure if there is something more simple yet effective.

Any ideas welcomed! Pictures as examples even better.

Many thanks!


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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

If you want to eliminate the sudden drop-off, peel back the sod perhaps 6 feet all around and regrade the soil to a gentle slope down toward the level of the tree, then re-lay the sod.

Building a ring wall, putting in a circle of rocks, etc., is rarely good design.

Alternate idea -- eliminate the sod around the tree altogether. Instead, extend the planting bed (on the left in the photo) in a natural flowing line to incorporate the tree into the bed. Looking at the photo, you could more or less follow the shadow of the tree to extend the bed.

Seeing only the base of the tree in isolation doesn't give me much to go on in terms of design.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 1:21PM
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Enlarge the area and put in a tree seat-

    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 10:41AM
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I would second Catkim's suggestion to just gently reintegrate the tree into the surrounding yard - i.e. just by a simple regrading or by incorporating it into the planting bed.

- Audric

    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 11:36AM
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From personal experience, incorporating a maple into a planting bed is grounds for disaster. Nothing is going to grow in its canopy. I am liking the idea of the tree seat for my own situation. Someone incorported a maple in our planting bed and nothing does well under it. You will be lucky to get thugs to fill in. Tree roots of maples surface and take every bit of soil available. The base of that tree doesn't look like a maple to me. If it's buried that deeply, tree roots will still come to the surface and Maples don't do well when roots are buried.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 1:59PM
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