Around the Yard

How to Dig a Circle Around a Tree

By: Tricia Craven Worley

To dig a perfect circle around a trees planted in the lawn:

  • Loop a rope around the tree trunk, and attach it to the shaft of a spade.
  • Adjust the length so that the spade reaches the desired distance from the tree.
  • Use the spade to mark the outline of a circle.
  • Remove the rope and dig down at the mark around the tree.
  • Remove the turf under the tree and cover the area with mulch.



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  • sam goode Says:
    March 19th, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I was trying this method and the rope kept moving up and down and generally not staying where it was supposed to. Anything that could keep it aligned vertically?

  • Donna Says:
    May 11th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    That’s the simple answer I was looking for. Thanks!

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