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Re: maples

Hi Dan,

When I started my beds under the Maples, I literally chopped away planting
pockets between roots.  That was 11 years ago.  Last fall I decided it was
time to redo some of the pockets because a few plants appear to be standing
still or getting smaller.  Once I knew what I was up against, (Maples roots -
the worst), I didn't expect my pockets to hold up for long.  Come spring, I
will be axing my way down again and pray for another 11 years of good growing.
When all you have is Maples, you just have to deal with them.  When I chop
roots, I search for large laterals, spaced at least a foot apart, and then
remove all of the small feeder roots in between.  Careful selection, and
spacing, is all that I concern myself with.  Oh, to offset my destructiveness,
I drilled 4 or 5 holes around each tree that I had chopped on, pushed PVC pipe
down about 4', with a screw on cap, and this enables me to feed the tree
without aiding the surface feeder roots. 

Patsy Stygall
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