I cleared about 600 square feet of the woods. I needed some sun for plants and all I had was trees. I'm free to experiment back here since nobody but me ever sees it.
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Each planter is a stack of 2 used tires surrounded with used carpet screwed into the treads. I filled mostly with my yard sand. I carpeted (upside down) the area around the planters. This keeps weeds down so that I don't have to use the trimmer so much. Works great. Used toilet tanks are planters around the tree. Behind all this is a covered sitting blind where I can take refuge from the frequent thunderstorms.