Q.Can I Put A Raised Bed Around An Old Apple Tree?
I have some shrubs in quite large pots that I would like to plant and don’t want to disturb the trees roots.
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Doing so is not recommended. Placing soil, and planting that far above the tree's crown will lead to rot, and the tree's death.
It will be best to find a spot that is far enough away from the tree to allow for proper growth of your shrubs. An alternative will be to keep the shrubs in large containers.
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