how to take down raised bed and save tree (crepe)

KellyWarrenSeptember 10, 2013

Please advise me. This crepe was planted in a raised bed some years ago by previous homeowner. The wooden walls of the bed are falling down and I want to get rid of the raised bed but keep the crepe. Should I just tear down the wall of the bed? I am concerned about erosion under the tree's roots. Should I add additional soil around the periphery of the bed in order to more gradually slope the raised dirt around the trunk of the tree into the surrounding lawn? Thoughts?

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Another pic.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 12:39PM
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IanW Zone 5 Ont. Can.

Yup.....that is what I would do....take away the box and add soil grading it away at a gentle slope..
Don't add soil on top of where the box was (ie near the trunk base) or you risk smothering the roots at the surface.....

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 1:23PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Kelly, my crepes are not having the best year flower wise but have good looking foliage still. Is yours a bit thin or are most that way this late in the year down there.

Attractive trunk btw.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 4:11PM
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The tree is located in eastern Kaufman county in Elmo Texas (about 3 miles from the border with neighboring Van Zandt county). This year (as with last year) the hordes of grasshoppers have been biblical. What you are seeing on the crepe is denudation of the leaves as a result of the grasshoppers eating them. It is so bad that many of my oak trees have lost 60-70% of their leaves because the damned grasshoppers are munching them. I have no idea how to deal with these grasshoppers. there are billions and billions, literally a plague.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 4:36PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I hope that everyone in the habit of hacking away at their poor crape myrtles every year sees this image of what these trees are supposed to look like.

At least the 'beautiful bones ' are does look pretty puny, as far as the foliage goes.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 4:37PM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

Much better than the typical multistemmed crepes I see around here.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 5:01PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

remove wood..


do NOT add anything... some way or another.. you will bury what should not be ...

the soil is not going to sift out from under it ...

is that landscape cloth??? remove it..


    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 6:43PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I totally agree with Ken about your crApe myrtle. Remove wood, maybe rake a little loose dirt from around the edge of the bed to smooth things out, remove landscape fabric, then go in and cook yourself a nice crEpe to celebrate.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 9:29PM
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