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kekoa 08-23-2005 12:34 PM

Need help creating a mulch bed
I'm in the process of extending my existing mulch/flower bed out from my house. I don't want to use anything as the border so I would like to just trench around the edging to keep it nice and tight. The problem I'm having is that there is a near by (huge) tree that some of the roots are above ground heading right into my future mulch/flower bed. How should I go about trenching around the mulch bed when there are all these thick roots everywhere? When I say trenching, I mean basically digging a moat around the area so it seperates the mulch from the grass. I'm open to anything. thanks!

Kevin 09-21-2005 09:36 PM

Maybe just run your trench line up to the root, and continue on the imaginary line on the other side of the root, repeat.... ?

Or you could cut the tree down, and have the stump/roots removed....



kekoa 09-22-2005 07:42 AM

Actually I had a irrigation system put in so they ended up cutting the roots along the bed anyway as they ran the PVC. I then just used a mattock to pull up the roots that were exposed. It was a ton of work but I'm done and vow to never lift a mattock again. (I say that now but I forsee my wife asking me to transplant my azaleas next spring)

Thanks for the recommendations Kevin!

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