I have several medium sized trees planted in oak barrels in the front
of my house whose roots have grown through the bottom and into the
soil. Unfortunatly the barrels are beginning to fall apart. Does
anybody have any suggestions as to how to replace the barrel without
disturbing the tree?
Sure, you could start by building a raised bed outside the barrel, say about
4 inches out from the edges. Then cut the bands on the barrel, fill in the
gaps between the barrel and the bed walls, and pull out the staves.
Your other choice would be to create a mound by cutting the band on the
barrel, removing the staves, and then taking top soil and building a mound
that would rise to where the dirt currently is. This latter idea is a more
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