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  1. #11

    RE: Tree advice

    how far are they from the house?

    FWIW, I had planted four Hybrid Poplars in a corner arrangement last year and decided to pull them all after reading about 'em.

    We get too many thunderstorms where I live to have a tree like that on a suburban lot.

  2. #12
    Sapling
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    RE: Tree advice

    The mulch island idea is the best one if you can get into the look.

    You would need alot of dirt to fill over the roots and at that point you are most likely changing the soil grade which will be counter productive for your trees and their oxygen intake. Granted most of the fibrous roots are well away from the trees trunks by this point in its life but it's generaly never a good idea at any point to add a bunch of soil over an established trees root mass.
    Improving the health of lawn trees in my neighborhood one tree at a time.

  3. #13
    pwk16
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    RE: Tree advice

    Fast-growing trees such as poplars and silver maples are also water-lovers. Where is the water in a lawn that has nice grass like this? Answer: In the top inch or two of soil from the automatic sprinklers. It might help to water new trees of these sorts with a soaker hose for 5 min per inch of trunk diameter once or twice a week so that they have ample water and don't come out of the ground looking for it. Also, these types of trees provide shade and energy savings in a big hurry, but they also have this problem. Give and take, I guess. Oaks don't do this, but they take forever to grow.

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    Oak
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    RE: Tree advice

    pwk -

    Quick question - are fast-growing shade tress (such as hybrid poplars) known to cause damage to lawns by their near-surface feeder roots? Just curious because I have a lot of browning in the lawn this year right around the areas where my hybrid poplars reside, and we have had ample (above average) precip. since last Fall...

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