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tree planting problem - please help!

So, what do you do if you drive for miles to bring 4 costly trees back from a specialist nursery, start to dig the hole where you want each one to be sited, to find obstacles like a another tree root or slab of concrete in the way!!! 

My first hole has some kind of concrete bed about a foot down, my second has a tree rot a foot down. Ive now got 4 expensive trees that I can't take back ahhhhh what to do image

The border itself is 1m x 4m long.


Could I still plant them and hope the roots will direct themselves away from it?



  • lee12lee12 Posts: 32

    I have no idea verdun, it's not supporting anything. Really bizzare. I'm going to see if I can get the edge of it tomorrow.

    The tree root must be coming from a huuuuge deciduous tree from the grass verge by the main road. (about 7 metres away) It would be a killer cut this root.

    I called the tree specialist place, they said this species is shallow rooting and will simply grow outwards rather than down anyway. Is there any truth in this?

    Plus, the slab and the root are deeper than the pot the trees came in - would they survive it?

  • lee12lee12 Posts: 32

    The nursery is an hours drive there n an hour back minimum image

    they are approx 4 ft high, super narrow, and slow growing.

    I don't know what to do.


  • lee12lee12 Posts: 32

    Thanks guys...

  • "The tree root must be coming from a huuuuge deciduous tree from the grass verge by the main road. (about 7 metres away) It would be a killer cut this root."

    Why would it be a killer cut? Roots 7M are not going to kill a tree, esp in winter.

    Re the concrete, can you not just take a crowbar to wedge it out or break it up?

    What type of tree are they? There are shallow rooting trees but you are always best to give them a fighting chance when establishing them.

  • lee12lee12 Posts: 32

    Hi all, thanks again for the responses,

    blairs - I meant to type a killer 'to' cut this root, as in, a massive pain in the arse. I'd have to dig a substancial hole around it just to get access for the bow saw, anyway - i was blessed with good luck today, read on...

    For starters I was lucky to have such a mild and dry day. Regarding the concrete, it was a false alarm, turns out it was an unusually flat piece of that black iron-ore stuff, which broke up with one blow of my metal bar.

    As for the tree root, I left it alone and moved the position of the new tree to the side.

    I mixed in plenty of horticultural grit, and a little well rotted manure. They are also planted raised up a little, all to aid drainage. These pics make it look like they're not equally spaced. They are, to within a couple of cm's image

    I think i'll underplant with some alliums, all the same variety, en masse. Is it wise to plant bulbs by newly planted trees? Do the trees need not to have competition for nutrients or will I be ok?

    I'm confident I've given the Aurea's the best chance.

    See pics below.







  • lee12lee12 Posts: 32

    Hey yeah thanks guys! I'm relieved to say the least. 

    Verdun thanks for the tip regarding watering. 

    I have some blue fescue  - nice ideas cheers.

    Verdun can you remember when you helped me out with the standishii's by my front door? I don't think I uploaded a picture to show you them in - here they are.





     ...and against the far side wall this summer I planted pyracantha orange glow.



    ...and while we're at it, here was my 'inspiration image' for the aureas...  Pic taken in Bressingham Gardens. One conifer one shrub one grass - love it.




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