07:30AM | 04/25/04
Member Since: 02/16/03
5 lifetime posts
I have a huge maple tree in my backyard that becuase of shade I assume, will not allow grass to grow under it. I have tried last several years to grow new grass and failed.

I was thinking of making a border and filling in the large area surrounding the tree (now just dirt) with a layer of lava rock.

Any ideas if this will hurt, harm tree?



03:19AM | 04/26/04
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
Air and water in the soil that tree roots search for to feed the tree enter the ground only through the ground surface. Keeping the ground surface under the tree where the roots are as porous as possible will allow for those things to penetrate the soil to the level where the roots exist. Paving the area with concrete, asphalt, and even sometimes pavers will cut back severely, or eliminate the source of nourishment for the tree. Leaving the grund bare under the tree but making heavy use of the area such that the soil is packed or compacted very tightly will do the same thing...water will run off and not penetrate.

So, whatever you do, don't raise the grade over the roots, don't pack or compacted the area, and any 'cover' you put there should be as porous as possible.

How big is that area? General rule of thumb is to consider the root zone to be the same area covered by the spread of the branches. It's actually smaller than that, but it's a good guide.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Need a window and a door in a tight space? A Dutch door with a window may be your answer. These useful doors are split hor... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... Repurpose birthday hats to create a string of lanterns for your porch, patio, or garden. Cut the tip of the cone, punch h... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon