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Old 09-10-2009, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by NatesLawnCareLLC View Post
The raised bed is a good idea but the only thing I can think will be a problem are...

1. Building walls are expensive and take time
2. Planting a tree in a raised bed would probably cause the tree to have shallow roots or push and break the walls.

My recommendation is make a raised flower bed with Hosta if your looking for something low maintenance or Some Perennials like Lilac or something similar.
yeah..hostas look great in full sun blistering heat......
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:09 PM
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Hot, sunny, pavement..equals mites. The Ginkos do tend to grow where others wont. The linden would be a tough one. I have seen Zelkovas in some really tough places...but yours sounds a little worse. I fyou can water once in a while and babysit them for a few years (lol) several trees may work...sorta...
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Old 09-11-2009, 12:26 AM
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Absolutely go for a purple robe locust. Locust trees thrive where no others will. Locust trees are routinely planted in old or abandoned strip mine locations.
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Old 09-11-2009, 03:48 AM
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European linden will handle the raised beds just fine, just don't expose it to the full summer sun all day or they'll be crisper than kentucky fried chicken.

Gingko, a fruitless varity, would be the awesome choice, these plants take a pounding.

Next two are a low growing tree like/large shrub.
Amur Maple maybe a interesting choice. They seem to do fine here as they are planted around the area gas stations.

Pagoda Dogwood maybe another.

I'd advise you though if this is a public place not to plant anything with thorns I.E. Hawthorne's, barberry. Just remember kids climb trees and I could see little Jimmy running back to mom with a hawthorne spike sticking out his eye.

For shrubish material around the base of trees, the way described, go with pernnials (SP?) such as Day lilly, Hosta, Iris. Snow removal guys will thank you and avoid the evergreens.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:45 AM
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We found for an area like this an Autumn Red Chokecherry or Canada Red Chokecherry / Prunus virginiana 'Canada Red' works well.
Both of these trees provide new green foliage that turns dark maroon as the leaves get older, similar to Prunus x cistena in color by June or July. Both trees get 25x18'
Also with the Hawthorn trees the Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn or Crataegus crus-galli 'Inermis' would solve the thorn problem.
Hope this helps
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