Container grown fruit vs. Neighoring tree roots

Thanks to the enlightening conversation between Alan and Brady, I now know the roots cementing (!) my whiskey barreled trees aren’t from my trees but the neighbor’s bullish fence lined ones. Grr. So I’ve been racking my brain to figure a reasonable solution. Giant plastic saucers probably wouldn’t be worth the high cost if I could even find them. So has anyone dealt with this or have any ideas.

I’m wondering if using pallets would support them enough too last 2 or 3 years. Since they would be free I could even hire help. Thanks, Carole

What about putting them on concrete blocks http://www.homedepot.com/p/4-in-x-8-in-x-16-in-Concrete-Block-30166432/100350188 ? I would use a block and metal bar like a lever Lever - Wikipedia to pop the barrels lose and while the barrel is elevated I would slip the blocks underneath. I would chop the roots up if I needed to with a reciprocating saw http://www.harborfreight.com/9-amp-professional-variable-speed-reciprocating-saw-69066.html. Pallets are strong and they last outdoors awhile but I like to do that type of job once.

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I’ve thought about using risers to lift up pots slightly. Here’s an example of concrete ones. https://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/GardenStatuesByWestWind/8366583/maple_leaf_concrete_plant_pot_risers_set_of_3__flower_pot_feet/handmade/plants/plants/other

I’ve also though of making just small riser blocks from 3-4 in branches that I’ve pruned from other trees.

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Thanks Clark and Brad for your input. It doesn’t make sense to have saucers only in this wet region. Now I wish I had moved my pile of bricks from the old house. Happy harvesting.

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Watch on Craigslist. Around here people are giving away bricks or flagstone all the time.

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