Brick rataining wall around maple tree


Old 04-26-05, 03:10 AM
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Brick rataining wall around maple tree

I would like to build one of those brick retaining wall planters around a maple tree in my front yard. The problem is that the tree creates a fair amount of slope down to the rest of the yard. My options would be to build the wall on this slope (maybe 10-15 degrees) and hope that it holds, or to dig a level trench around the tree to seat my bricks. The problem is that ground around the maple is solid roots (one reason for putting in the wall planter in the first place). I would have to take an ax to the ground around the tree to get a level trench, that would be a lot of work and I might kill the tree.
What should I do?
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Old 04-30-05, 09:34 AM
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I think you'll have to build the wall much farther out from the tree. The tree isn't going to like being in, what to it is, a little planter. In any case don't add too much soil around the trunk in any one year.

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