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Old 07-11-2012, 02:20 PM
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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
I love the actual reference to an educational publication. kudos
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:32 PM
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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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My thoughts exactly, go back to cutting grass.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:50 PM
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My thoughts exactly, go back to cutting grass.
I don't cut grass you moron.

If anyone has anything else to add that they didn't just google, feel free to do so. I can do that too, thought maybe someone had some actual experience. Obviously I was wrong.

By the way, since you all love to google try this...

http://www.google.com/search?q=patio...ient=firefox-a

Look at the images and get back to me.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:04 PM
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http://www.google.com/search?q=patio...iw=853&bih=389
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:51 PM
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I wouldn't rely on better homes and gardens for construction advice, Roger Cook said not to do it and suggested doing a deck, and the third site said a deck is the best option also.

first, you need to excavate for the patio so you will hit roots.
second, compacting gravel with in the root zone will be detrimental to the tree.
third unless you are using a permeable paver you will take away all water and nutrients that tree was ever going to get.

You possible could get away with encroaching 10-15% of the root zone and not hurting the tree.

Feel free to post pictures of the finished product, I believe there is a forum all ready started.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:55 PM
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I don't cut grass you moron.

If anyone has anything else to add that they didn't just google, feel free to do so. I can do that too, thought maybe someone had some actual experience. Obviously I was wrong.

By the way, since you all love to google try this...

http://www.google.com/search?q=patio...ient=firefox-a

Look at the images and get back to me.
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Yep, All wooden decks or planting beds. This is one of the photos from your second link )last row of page 1). You might want to read what it says.
http://triblocal.com/round-lake/file...345_resize.jpg You will find the text for the photo on your original link. Something about even pavers will impact a tree.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:59 PM
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http://www.ehow.com/how_12152556_bui...ound-tree.html

I really love these instructions, it makes it sound so easy. Any one know where I can get a tamping machine?
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http://www.ehow.com/how_12152556_bui...ound-tree.html

I really love these instructions, it makes it sound so easy. Any one know where I can get a tamping machine?
I would recommend that you read your own search results more thoroughly. The article you linked to lists 2 references from the University of Minnesota. I would suggest that you read the first of these 2 links. Basically states the same facts as the link that I posted.
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