This week's question is a little more technical but we have your answer!
Q: I see in so many landscaped pictures the area immediately around trees is in a perfect circle or close to it. I have tried to use an edger, and a shovel to dig it out but, I can never make the circles look that good. How do you guys do it?
A: By pulling the lawn or gravel back away from your trees not only improves the appearance of your yard but it is also good for the health of the trees.
It can be quite a bit of work but use the following steps for your circle:
-Loosely tie a rope around the tree trunk, and attach it to a sturdy stick, (I like to use a piece of rebar) or marking paint.
-Adjust the length so that it is the desired distance from the tree.
-Use the rebar or marking paint to the outline of a circle.
-Remove the rope and dig down at the mark around the tree. The majority of most tree roots are in the top 12 inches of soil. Avoid deep digging or prolonged packing-down of soil to prevent damage to those necessary roots.
-Remove the lawn or gravel from under the tree and cover the area with mulch.
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