[gardeners] New patio around good trees

M T (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Mon, 9 Dec 2002 19:57:09 -0800 (PST)

 We have a 35 foot Bradford pear and a 25 foot Honey Locust seperated
by 18 feet.
 Perfect distance for the hammock that now swings between them. <VBG>

 What I would like to do is add a 30 foot diameter patio that 
encompases both tree trunks. I plan on using 6"x9" concrete pavers 
for the patio and leaving a small area of pea gravel around each tree 
trunk. The ground is level (within 2 inches) for the entire area.
I was hoping the spaces between the pavers would allow enough air 
and water to reach the roots.

I don't know if I should use sand or crush and run as a base for 
the pavers. Was guessing from reading about a 3" base would be ok.

 Will tamping the base be a serious problem for the tree roots? Is it 
possible to water/mist the base repeatedly to produce a similar 
effect as running a tamper over the area? 
 Building up around the outside edge won't be a problem.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Matt in Norfolk, Virginia    USDA zone 8

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