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If I raise the level of soil at the base of a tree will the tree suffer?

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We are leveling our garden which means raising the soil by about 1m on one side and lowering the other. At the end of the garden we have a beautiful Prunus Niger which I would hate to loose but we do wish to raise the soil level by 1m in this area. Is there something that I should be doing to ensure that we don't loose it? Our soil is very sandy and tree gets plenty of light. Lindsay, Farnham



I wouldnt build soil that high. the way the trunk takes in air will be affected. I know privet dies if you raise the soil by 2" over its root/stem junction.

16 May, 2009


I have seen a garden where they built a wall and didn't want to lose a precious shrub, so they left it in a hole with wooden sides - a bit like a sunken open container. It seems to have worked.

16 May, 2009


You would get stem rot if you buried the trunk of a tree.

17 May, 2009

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