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Q.Raised Bed Around Fruit Tree

Anonymous added on March 18, 2014 | Answered

We have an apricot tree in our backyard with a flower bed around it. We have a lot of problems with grass growing into the garden. We are thinking of putting a raised bed around the tree, with a cement curb outside of the bed for easy trimming. Will the raised dirt level hurt the healthy tree at all?

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Answered on March 18, 2014

Yes, building up soil around the base of an established tree can cause issues, ranging from crown rot to suffocation of the root system. Instead of building up the soil, a better solution might be to build a series of containers or contained bed around the tree that will keep the soil from touching the trunk.

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