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Tree and law call a truce.

In search of water, the surface roots of two liquidambar trees broke through a sloping front lawn. The owners asked San Francisco landscape architect Emery Rogers to control these invasive roots and root sprouts and also to define the entry better.

Rogers' solution: bury the surface roots by raising and leveling part of the lawn. He added a low brick retaining wall that curves around one of the trees, then back-filled against it. Layers of benderboard form a lawn barrier near the other tree.

To water deep roots. Rogers sank several 3-foot lengths of gravel-filled 4-inch perforated pipe. The brick walk broadens at a 14-foot-wide center section designed for large containers of annuals and bulbs.
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