First of all I would like to mention that Im not a gardener. I love gardens, plants, and outdoors, but I don't have a lawn. So.. yeah. So now that you know that Im a complete rookie. Here is the problem.
My mother-in-law's backyard is quite large (course thats relative, but unimportant) and she has an area of her yard that she has done nothing but let it go completely wild. Well those days are gone and now she wants to do something with it. ONly problem is that she has BIG poplars... and now she has a ton of little poplars in that area of yard. Biggest problem with that is the roots. Too close to the big trees to just cut the roots off without risking the death of the tree (And no she doesnt want to get rid of them). So I was thinking of doing something like a large container garden raised about a foot above the ground. This would probably help control the resprouting trees (no light), would allow the big trees roots to thrive, and Let us plant some veggies with way less hassle.
But will it work? THat is my question. (sorry if that was a very roundabout way of asking)