When we purchased our site's first house, the enclosed front porch was composed of two large concrete slabs, one with a 2' diameter circular opening, we planted a desert willow in the circular opening of this concrete pad. The desert willow struggled with a basin too small for a tree its size, see the picture below. We became aware of the problem and were faced with the decision of whether to keep the concrete pad and lose the desert willow, or lose the concrete pad and keep the desert willow with her highly coveted shade, production of bee fodder, and provision of bird habitat. We made the obvious choice and removed the concrete pad surrounding the willow in the summer of 2013. We used the harvested concrete pieces to build a front porch patio, and raise one of our 1650 gallon rainwater tanks.