I'm in Eastern Minnesota - this past November I bought my first house & am now just starting to get the landscaping in order.
It's got a magnificent, mature maple tree in the backyard. Right now it's got a 3 foot high "flowerbox" around all sides, circling the entire trunk (timbers in an octogon shape, filled with dirt, planted w/ hostas). The flowerbox thing has been on there for years, I'm sure.
A part of me wants to get rid of the flowerbox to solve two things, #1. give me a little bit more yard space, and #2 make the landscaping look more natural, and less "old lady-ish"
I don't want to damage this tree, and am a little worried that exposing the bottom 3 feet of trunk that had been previously covered would not be good for the tree.
Perhaps by removing this flowerbox course by course from the top down with plently of time between layers would be less shocking to the tree.
Any thoughts, advice, warnings?