Trees in a Patio

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Southern Heritage, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. Holland

    Holland LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah they get a bit messy. I kinda like the fallen leaves look. The other thing I like is you trim the tree to about 8 foot or so the branches are above you and pose no problems of getting in your way etc.. Then mostly your looking at tree trunks with peeling bark and branches are above you creating your shade.
     
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  2. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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  3. FrostCreek

    FrostCreek LawnSite Member
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    I agree with the tree grates idea! And you would be hard-pressed to find an arborist who would agree with me, but topping the trees down the road wouldn't be a bad idea to prevent them from towering and creating the mess!

    I wouldn't "push" the clients into something they don't want. I would ask them how they came up with that idea then, as DVS said, "educate" them on the low points of such a design.

    But if it must be done, the tree grates would actually tie the area together quite well, and extend the 18'x18' to something quite further. and additional border stones could be involved?
     
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I misunderstood the original post I thought the trees would be "in" the patio
     
  5. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    I just want to chime in on the actual tree installation since the other stuff is covered. The way you properly do an installation like this is with a root barrier. We've handled a few bamboo gardens done with root barriers and let me tell you it is not as easy as it sounds. Root barrier, grate, and curbing, then you can put whatever you want up to that. I suppose you could trim out the lower branches at maturity, and proper rotation of the young trees would be key.
     
  6. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    photo we have on our website (tomscreek.com)
    I wouldn't recommend putting the trees in the patio but maybe a planter? We did that here.

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  7. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Root barrier isn't too bad, I did 200' on a massive grove of bamboo. What I'm picturing him doing is a cylinder around the tree grate which shouldn't be that bad since you can over dig and drop it in, and plant the tree after.
     
  8. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
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    Difference in area I guess. It could take 4-5 times as long to dig a hole here than just 75 miles away in LI. Bamboo is stupid anyways, just looking for problems. It should be banned in my opinion.
     
  9. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    They're outlawing it on a town by town basis backed up with fines. We trenched it in and it sucked! If you could dig a big hole with an ex and drop a ring in and backfill, that's sweet.

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