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November 17, 2010

Solving the problem of the tree holes


I am going to plant about six trees at the corners of my new house which has nothing in the way of shade. The holes I dug are about three feet diameter and three feet deep. The soil however is terrible. Solid clay! To test the drainage, I filled the holes with water to see how fast they drained. After three days one hole was still full of water. The reason for this is that when they cleared the area to build the house, they scraped the soil down about four feet, so there is no topsoil!

I've been worrying about how to plant the trees. I thought of building boxes but wood decays and has to be replaced. Today as I was walking past rock walls in Arlington, it occurred to me that I could use the abundant rocks in my very rocky mountain home to make a border around the hole, larger than the hole and fill in the whole area with potting soil and the clay. The one hole that drained so badly I think I will have to dig a drain into the side of the hill where it sits; the other holes should be fine.

I can start now looking at possible trees to transplant.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at November 17, 2010 5:40 AM
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