I am putting up a fence. A small Dogwood tree is right exactly in line with
the house where I want the fence to go. I don't really want to chop down the
tree, so I'm considering running the fence around it. Any creative ideas how
to do this and make it look good? I'm considering zig/zagging around the
tree but don't want to have to dig 3 or 4 extra holes just to go around it,
and to angle slightly past it would look funny. The tree is too big to move,
I don't have the resources to move something that would require that big of
a rootball to be dug up. Any ideas?
On Jun 6, 11:04 pm, "Ook" <Ook Don't send me any freakin' spam at
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No ideas here. First you say it's a small tree then you say is't too
big to move. Fences and trees do not mix. Trees can be moved or even
If that tree is in the way of your fence then you cut it down and dig
up the stump. I hope that's creative enough for you. If you are
worried then plant several replacment trees right away. That way your
concience over this one tree can be soothed and the project can
If you like the Dogwood- lovely trees that they are- just dig those
extra holes, an extra bit of exercise will be just right!
For you to consider and actually give credence to the tree, thereby
accomodating its position will make you a rare character in the world
of people and trees. Good for you.
You could, perhaps, alter the height of the fence to accomodate the
roots of the dogwood, ie. raise the panels in the relevant area,
perhaps plant a small shrub to cover the gap. Are you using (concrete)
You have three choices. Listed best to worse:
1. build the fence around the tree. _/\\_ or _/--\\_
2. stop the fence at the tree, and continue after, so that the tree
fills the gap. -- 0 -- or you can use a flexible wire fence around the
tree to fill the gap if security is a concern (from kids and animals,
3. nail the fence to the tree (but trees grow bigger).
remember trees GROW, leave some extra space and avoid damaging the
roots putting in posts.
you might be able to build a foating V section around the tree to
avoid digging in its critical root zone.
I hope you save the tree.
It will look cute. The bench around the tree will also look cute.
I probably like the second better, even though it requires one more
I have a fence, a 40" high picket fence, and then a tree started to
grow next to it. Outside the fence are some woods, so this was the
natural spread of a forest.
I figured I had at least 10 or 15 years before it interfered with the
fence, and I figured when that time came, I could cut progressively
longer sections out of the picket fence, nailing the stubs to the
tree, or conceivably putting in two more posts to hold the stub ends,
and then just cutting off an inch of fence beyond the new posts every
time the tree grows an inch closer. Although I don't really feel
like putting in fence posts, especially with the fence and tree in the
The fence is decorative, to keep in the dog that visits 3 or 4 weeks a
year, and to keep kids and neigbors from taking a short cut through my
yard. But one hole would not a short cut make unless the path outside
my fence were impassable. My gate has no latch nor springb and is
often partly open but no one walks in.
There had been a rose bush in this spot, but it had died, and maybe
there wasn't any grass to interfere with the "embryonic" tree.
It was about a foot high when I was sure it wasn't a weed. 10 or 15
years later it's about 20 feet high. The trees right next to it are
30 or 40 feet. I think mine is a poplar.
During its first year at 1 or 2 inches above the trunk moved an inch
or two farther from the fence, probably looking for light. I think
that gives me another 5 or 10 years. Maybe more. After 10 or 15 years
the radius is about 3 inches. The tree has no branches on the
woods-facing side of it.
On Wed, 6 Jun 2007 21:04:28 -0700, "Ook" <Ook Don't send me any
freakin' spam at zootal dot com delete the Don't send me any freakin'
spam> wrote:>I am putting up a fence. A small Dogwood tree is right exactly in line with
Is it a boundary fence? If you zig zag around it you will probably
need to consult your neighbour.
Why not stop the fence before the tree and then take it up after the
tree. Fill in the gap with something flexible and adjustable - chain
wire perhaps. Defines the boundary and gives the tree a chance to
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