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Q.Hornbeam In Standing Water

Zone 5A | Anonymous added on August 25, 2021 | Answered

Hey everyone, I have an area surrounded by pavers that currently has a pyramidal european hornbeam in it. Its 5b zone, very compact clay soil, minimal topsoil due to the pea gravel for the pavers and everything seems to now drain into this hole. I’m pretty sure I’m drowning this thing. 1) is there anything I can do to save it without moving it? 2) what tree would grow in this compact clay & standing water location? Thanks! Aaron

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Answered on September 9, 2021

You could try a french drain! This can help move some of the water from this spot, passively.


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