How to Protect Trees From a Weed Trimmer


Saplings and young trees are a fragile addition to a yard. Unlike aged and established trees, their bark is extremely soft and the trees tend to have very little resistance to diseases and pests. If the bark of these trees is damaged by a weed trimmer, the tree is left open to burrowing pests and the diseases they carry. Make a brick edging around the tree's well, and accidents will never be an issue.

Step 1

Measure and dig a 6-inch wide border completely around the tree's well. The optimal digging distance is 3 feet from the tree's base. Dig the well down about 1 foot for a solid foundation.

Step 2

Mix up the concrete as instructed on the bag in the wheel barrel.

Step 3

Fill the border 9 inches with concrete.

Step 4

Press the bricks into the concrete so that slight grooves are formed.

Step 5

Mix up the mortar as instructed on the bag in the wheel barrel.

Step 6

Scoop some mortar into a mortar bag with a small shovel.

Step 7

Pipe the mortar between the bricks.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Shovel
  • Concrete
  • Wheel barrel
  • Bricks
  • Mortar
  • Small shovel
  • Mortar bag


  • "Step-by-Step Landscaping"; Better Homes and Gardens; 2007.
  • "New Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual"; Reader's Digest; 2005.
Keywords: protecting trees, giving trees space, edgers for trees

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