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Raising level around conifer

Hi all,

first post here so hello one and all. 

I’m in the stages of beginning to tackle our garden and our first job is to install a patio area at the back. 

At the back we have a large conifer which is on the fence line - we are planning on having a raised edge which wound include this conifer. Will the additional soil, around 1ft, harm it? I know this is the case with most trees but conifers seem almost indestructible most of the time thought it would be worth asking as it would be a better finish if I could.

If so it’s not an issue I’ll give it the breathing space it needs. 

Thanks in advance. 


  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 920
    I don’t think any trees like to be buried even conifers
     If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
    East facing, top of a hill clay-loam, cultivated for centuries (7 years by me). Birmingham
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,175
    edited May 2020
    Afraid you’re right ... raising the soil level will rot the trunk and kill it. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • DanlikeusDanlikeus Posts: 2
    No worries, I’ll create a dry well around the base! 
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