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Gravel against tree trunk

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Baldy217, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. Baldy217

    Baldy217 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    I have mulched around my maples but I wanted to know if I could put some gravel against the tree trunk to prevent weed and grass from growing there. I have a 1 to 2 inch gap from the mulch to the trunk right now.
  2. fastpine

    fastpine LawnSite Member
    Posts: 201

    Sure you can,,,If you apply weed barrier fabric under.
  3. Eric E

    Eric E LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    From a certified Arborist...I wouldn't.
  4. fastpine

    fastpine LawnSite Member
    Posts: 201

    Why?....What makes gravel any different than the dirt that trees naturally grow in?..
  5. toasted

    toasted LawnSite Member
    Posts: 205

    There's no food in the rocks would be my guess...
  6. fastpine

    fastpine LawnSite Member
    Posts: 201

    That would make sense if the whole tree was planted in gravel..The OP is talking about a thin layer around the base of the tree trunk...

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