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Building raised patio around tree

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by bigslick7878, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  2. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    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.
     
  3. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My first thoughts were also of the survival of the tree. Wooden deck sounds workable, anything else...risky.
     
  4. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Brick patio > Wooden Deck.
     
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    never place any material (soil, gravel, sand, etc) above the crown of a tree.


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  6. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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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.
     
  7. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The drip zone.
     
  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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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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  9. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    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
     
  10. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

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