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Name: Greg
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Brinybay
Feb 17, 2017 11:29 PM CST
Of course, like a lot of things I do, especially in gardening, I look them up after the fact. Our new garden bed is under a Dogwood tree, which is sensitive to root disturbance. I'm fairly certain I did it the right way by making a ring of large rocks, filling it with dirt and planted in the new dirt.

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Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 18, 2017 6:36 AM CST
Good information, thanks for sharing that link. Thumbs up
And good luck with your garden bed.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
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sooby
Feb 18, 2017 7:22 AM CST
Brinybay said:Of course, like a lot of things I do, especially in gardening, I look them up after the fact. Our new garden bed is under a Dogwood tree, which is sensitive to root disturbance. I'm fairly certain I did it the right way by making a ring of large rocks, filling it with dirt and planted in the new dirt.


How deep was your new bed though? As the article says: "Adding a layer of soil that is more than 2 inches deep, for example, can reduce moisture and oxygen availabilities and hinder gas exchange to existing roots, causing trees to suffer or even die."

Name: Greg
Lake Forest Park, Washington (Zone 8b)
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Brinybay
Feb 18, 2017 6:36 PM CST
sooby said:
How deep was your new bed though? As the article says: "Adding a layer of soil that is more than 2 inches deep, for example, can reduce moisture and oxygen availabilities and hinder gas exchange to existing roots, causing trees to suffer or even die."



Oops. Another bad habit of mine, not reading the entire article! I just measured the soil, about 4.25 inches. I was ready to dig it all up, but wife said wait and see. It's a $900 tree, so I'll be watching it very closely. Tree was planted in 2014, garden bed last July.

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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Feb 19, 2017 12:00 AM CST
Brinybay said:Of course, like a lot of things I do, especially in gardening, I look them up after the fact. Our new garden bed is under a Dogwood tree, which is sensitive to root disturbance. I'm fairly certain I did it the right way by making a ring of large rocks, filling it with dirt and planted in the new dirt.


A couple decades ago, my Mom wanted me to plant some impatiens under some dogwoods. Knowing about the roots, I used a jet nozzle on a hose to search for non-toot spaces. It worked quite well.

The jet spray didn't harm the roots, and I planted the impatiens where there were no roots easily.
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Name: Greg
Lake Forest Park, Washington (Zone 8b)
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Brinybay
Feb 23, 2017 3:48 PM CST
Another article I found that says it's not a good idea, at least in my case. I'm going to move the flower bed, but not right away. I have some vacation time in August, that will give my wife and I time to figure out what to do with it and where to move it. Updated: I had the wrong link, here's the correct link I was referring to:

http://www.extension.umn.edu/g...

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Name: Meri Taylor
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mnmat
Feb 24, 2017 1:32 PM CST
Yardenman said:
A couple decades ago, my Mom wanted me to plant some impatiens under some dogwoods. Knowing about the roots, I used a jet nozzle on a hose to search for non-toot spaces. It worked quite well.

The jet spray didn't harm the roots, and I planted the impatiens where there were no roots easily.


Yardman you are so full of good tips! I have actually started looking for your posts! You should repost this to the "Your favorite idea" post.
Meri
Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Feb 26, 2017 5:53 AM CST
mnmat said:

Yardman you are so full of good tips! I have actually started looking for your posts! You should repost this to the "Your favorite idea" post.


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