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Digging around an Arborvitae

12 years ago

We need to replace a retaining wall that is only 4 feet from the trunks of a large row of very big (50+ feet tall) arborvitae.

I'm told that to put proper drainage they will need to dig right up to the trunks.

A local "Arborist" said that it is ok to dig right up to the trunk, as long as we don't damage the trunk.

I was hoping to get other opinions.

Also will filling one side of the area with stone for drainage affect the arborvitae?

Thanks n advance for your advice!!

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