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Old 06-08-2009, 02:22 PM   #1
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Planting around established Birch trees


We'd like to add a mogul/mound bed at/around/where 3 Birch trees stand so we can then plant some more sun (of one side) and shade (for the other) plants in the area.

Will the Birch suffer of die if we cover their roots at the surface of the ground? If there are limits to the depth of soil we can add, what are they?

If, on the otherhand we'll need to keep those roots free and clear and thus the ground flat 'as is,' won't the roots of the birch and the roots of the plantings conflict with each other? Also if flat, how does one plant the new plants without disturbing the birches' existing roots?

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I like when I can speak from experience! I have a beautiful large white birch that is the centerpiece of our backyard. Probably 10 years or so ago I brought in topsoil,about six inches or so deep,and then added rocks and lots of groundcovers. Every year we plant impatiens and lobelia plants. I also built a flush surface deck over a portion of the birch tree roots.No adverse effects whatsoever,I wish everything was as healthy as that tree. I think you'll be fine just so you don't add too much soil, say no more than six to eight inches.

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birches at least where im from arent generally long lived trees,dont give it more stress this way,sometimes it takes years to slowly kill a tree this way
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I think you'll be fine just so you don't add too much soil, say no more than six to eight inches.
If it worked, it worked- for you. I couldn't comfortably recommend adding more than a couple inches, four at the most if one planted small bedding plants.

Yes, trees and whatever is under them will compete for moisture and nutrients. Trees usually win.
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When I get around to it I'll post pics and you can decide for yourself if it looks harmful to the tree or not.
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