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Urgent! How much space do I leave around a tree?

9 years ago
last modified: 9 years ago

Grass goes in tomorrow and I still don't know what to do! I have a 50 year old Magnolia... It's never had grass and the dirt is real low so I brought in a lot of dirt (like 9 inches) because the ground was so uneven. How big of a circle do I leave around the tree? I've had several people even with landscaping companies say 2 ft. and yet I was told today by an arborist that if you have trees you shouldn't have any grass at all. Someone on this forum was given advice from an extension office to leave 4 ft. So, it's just been all over the place. Would appreciate any additional opinions! (Also, do I graduate the dirt and make it less and less the closer I get to the tree? No one has suggested that to me but that's a question I have too.) Would greatly appreciate any advice quickly!

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