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Q.Is it advisable to build a raised bed for planting trees if I have standing water in very wet soil

Zone Uk Northampton | Anonymous added on October 30, 2020 | Answered

I have heavy clay and standing water want to plant western red cedar trees can I build a raised bed for planting into and will a box raised bed be ok and be able to support the weight and should I put in a fabric liner in the bed before adding soil so it doesn’t sink. What kind of soil should I be adding into the bed that would be best for the trees. Many thanks looking forward to your reply

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Answered on November 2, 2020

Western red cedar does best in well draining soil, but some sources said it would tolerate clay soil. They do prefer a moist to wet soil, so you have that as well. I would build up the area with some high quality soil, it doesn't really need to be enclosed in a raised bed. Eventually the good soil will work its way down into the poorer soil.



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