raised beds?

suekend(6b)July 2, 2008

I would like to make some hosta gardens in my woods, problem is, the ground is so hard and rocky that it is extremely difficult to dig a hole in the ground. I would need to make some kind of raised bed, and would like to know the best way to do this so I won't damage any of the trees. We have mostly oaks and dogwoods. Any help would be appreciated.

Sue K.

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cynandjon(Z 5/6)

Oaks have surface roots that are very important to the tree. we lost a couple because we didnt know.
I found this link, hope it helps. Theres another link in the thread, oak tree root damage.

Here is a link that might be useful: Master gardener and oak trees

    Bookmark   July 4, 2008 at 6:53PM
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Ditto the concern about oaks. That aside, if you could build your raised beds without excavating I guess that would do a little bit less damage to the tree roots. You might also want to check the soil forum. Maybe some little "mini-raised beds" here and there that are just sufficient for each individual plant would work and not stress the trees too much???

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 6:58PM
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cynandjon(Z 5/6)

could you remove rocks and use that spot for holes? Thats what I do.LOL

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 6:30PM
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