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Old 07-10-2012, 07:20 PM
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Building raised patio around tree

Any tips? Anyone ever done it before?

Just planned on making one step up, tree roots aren't any more than a few inches above current grade and that is only right around the tree. Around the edge roots are non existent. Trunk is only about 3 foot diameter, maybe 30 foot high fully grown.

The tree will be near center and the perimeter of the patio will be a good 10ft away in all directions.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:22 PM
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What type of tree? What type of building material?

I think it could put too much stress on the root zone and cause alot of tree problems.

If I had to build it, My preference would be a stilted wooden deck that mostly floats above the root zone and doesn't put weight on any lateral roots.

A paving stone patio would be a nightmare.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:49 PM
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What type of tree? What type of building material?

I think it could put too much stress on the root zone and cause alot of tree problems.

If I had to build it, My preference would be a stilted wooden deck that mostly floats above the root zone and doesn't put weight on any lateral roots.

A paving stone patio would be a nightmare.
My first thoughts were also of the survival of the tree. Wooden deck sounds workable, anything else...risky.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:53 PM
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Brick patio > Wooden Deck.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:47 PM
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never place any material (soil, gravel, sand, etc) above the crown of a tree.


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Old 07-11-2012, 12:39 AM
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never place any material (soil, gravel, sand, etc) above the crown of a tree.


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And technically speaking how high or at what point on the tree would that be? We are only talking 8 inches height here, and I would leave a nice (say 2-3ft outside of trunk all the way around) area cut out around the base of the tree to let air and moisture get to it. Just put some mulch or a groundcover in that area.
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:29 AM
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The drip zone.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:43 AM
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Crowns vary no straight answer possible.

If you are not familiar with a tree's crown - then this may be a job you should pass on.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:20 AM
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i use a firepit around the tree, this keeps the grade level but keeps the tree from being touched. It only works up to about 2'

http://www.pavestone.com/rumblestone/

just build it around the tree and back fill the area on the opposite side. I use a much cheaper version than this design too
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:35 AM
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Any compaction of the soil within the drip line of a tree can impair the health of that tree. The larger the area of compaction the greater the damage.

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http://www.extension.iastate.edu/for.../for00-008.pdf
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