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Old 11-21-2003, 08:23 PM
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X' Forming a ring around a large tree

We often install a mower strip of pavers around an existing tree, often about 10' dia. Freehanding a circle is time consuming and the results are often less than perfect. Today I made a hula hoop out of a piece of irrigation pipe and put that around the tree and measured the border off of that. It still is less than perfect in my eyes but a bit better than eyeballing. How do you guys draw perfect circles when you can't use the centre point? I've been thinking about cutting a plywood donut to fit around large trees. Any better ideas?
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Old 11-21-2003, 08:57 PM
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I still use the tree. Just tie some kind of static line around the tree.
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Old 11-21-2003, 09:03 PM
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I'm not following???? The trees don't grow very round up here. works fine on a 2" tree but how about a 20"? Enlighten me please.
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Old 11-21-2003, 09:10 PM
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Never mind. I just wentoutside and tried it. I get it now. Thank you much easier. Ya know nobody ever showed me that.
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Old 11-21-2003, 09:49 PM
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Dido. We do it the same way. Do you like doing those "tree rings" and "mower strips"?

I hate them so much!

And, I price them accordingly.


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Old 11-22-2003, 09:05 AM
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Actually I don't mind them so much and now that I know how to draw a circle I won't have to avoid them around big old trees.
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If you get 4 sheets of 1/2" plywood, you can lay out a 5' radius in 1/4 sections so that all yuo need do is lay them on the ground and hook them together. Then just lay the pavers around the outside.

Also, you can take advantage of the paver conapnies pre engineered raduises. Unilock for example, uses a 3.5' Diameter radius on its Gardenstone retaining walls. Cut in half they work great dor a radius on a stoop, all together, you get a tree ring with a 3.5' inside radius, and a 4.2' outside radius.
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Old 11-22-2003, 10:17 PM
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Sorry Digin, I was a bit slow on the draw (no pun intended). Even though the trees are never round, make a loop around 'em big enough and it seems to compensate.

At my last house I tried the shovel edge for our largest beds, but in time the edge always caved in, it was a bit of a pain to mow (always sucking mulch into the mower). So our current house will have inlaid pavers defining every bed.
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Old 11-23-2003, 08:10 PM
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I'm not sure how perfect you want your circles.

When I put mulch rings around trees I measure a set distance from the trunk and put dots with a paint can. Connect all the dots and you have a nice circle. The more dots you use the smoother the circle will be.
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Likewise, I will use a tape and measure out from the trunk. If the tree has a funky shape I'll adjust my bed line to blend. I like the idea of a template if you had alot of trees to go around. But for five or ten trees at a time I'll use the tape/paint method.
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I do a mix of just about everything posted above. It depends on what size or shape tree and what I will be using to border or outline the tree or bed. I try to find a center point and then mesure out 2-4 feet and mark around until I get the shape I want or need.



Another way to do it is make those tapmlates but they are bulky and time consuming.
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