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riesbrink
Apr 25, 2017 2:14 AM CST
We just moved into a new house and at the front there is a garden that is raised about 50 - 60cm. I am looking to remove this and get the garden at grass level.

My issue is that there are 3 trees that is growing in the garden they are quite well established about power line height.

How can I lower the soil level without harming the trees?
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JuneOntario
Apr 25, 2017 6:34 AM CST
Hi @riesbrink
It all depends on how much of the trees' root systems are in the soil that you want to remove. If you take away a lot of their roots, they will suffer! Could you raise the level of the lawn instead?
When you say that the trees are power line height, do you mean that there are power lines above them? If so, it will save you a lot of future pruning if you get rid of these trees now, and plant some replacement trees where they can grow to full size without touching utilities or structures.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Apr 25, 2017 8:22 AM CST
riesbrink said:We just moved into a new house and at the front there is a garden that is raised about 50 - 60cm. I am looking to remove this and get the garden at grass level.

My issue is that there are 3 trees that is growing in the garden they are quite well established about power line height.

How can I lower the soil level without harming the trees?

What specie of tree?
Not likely.

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