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Planting near tree roots

Planting near tree roots
Posted by Chaike Levine from CA Zone 9/21 on 2002-02-03 21:39:30

My 30+ year old seemingly healthy olive tree's roots have broken through a low brick retaining wall. I'd like to remove the wall and use large rocks and low plants to keep the soil from eroding. Is this a good idea?
  • Planting near tree roots
    Posted by Newt from Maryland zone 7 on 2002-03-26 13:25:00

    Quoting Chaike Levine: ------------
    -My 30+ year old seemingly healthy olive tree's roots have broken through a low brick retaining wall. I'd like to remove the wall and use large rocks and low plants to keep the soil from eroding. Is this a good idea?

    Yes, that would work fine as long as you don't use large bolders that will sit on the roots or lots of heavy rocks. The plants will be fine as well as long as you don't disturb too many tree roots when planting and pick plants that will thrive in that area.

    This site might help. Do keep in mind your zone when looking at these plants.

    http://www.papillonsartpalace.com/plants.htm

    Other options would be to build a tree well or rebuild the stone wall, but further out from the drip line of the tree. Here are two sites that might be helpful.

    http://www.efn.org/~ipmpa/treewell.html

    http://www.quikrete.com/diy/project_26.html

    Another WONDERFUL place you could go for information is The Garden Web. There are forums on just about any topic you could think of and some very knowledgable people as well. They have forums for 'California Gardening', 'Trees', 'Perennials', 'Landscaping' and so much more. I'm including the link for their main forums page.

    Do be sure if you post a question on more than one forum that you change the title a bit. If not, their computer will think you are spamming and block you out.

    Good luck,
    Newt

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