How to Dig a Circle Around a Tree

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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5 COMMENTS

  1. 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?

  2. The best way to do this it to tie the string to the tree and then to a paint can and go around the tree it’s a lot quicker.. Then use a bed edger..

  3. The best way to do this is to tie the string to the tree and then to a paint can and go around the tree it’s a lot quicker.. Then use a bed edger..

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