Tips For Landscaping Underneath Trees

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Trees provide a lot of benefits to a yard, including shade and visual interest. They can also make it difficult to landscape below them. For example, pine tree needs can change the acidity of the soil so few plants can thrive, while the heavy canopy of some deciduous trees can block light from reaching any plants below. The following tip can help you create a more beautiful yard beneath your trees.

Tip #1: Create a Border

Burying the roots of your trees under soil and planting too many plants can cause more harm than good. Not only does soil mounded against the trunk cause rot concerns, digging around the roots to plant flowers every year can lead to hitting and damaging a root with a trowel. A better option is to simply install a low border several feet out from the trunk and then fill this area with 1 or 2 inches of mulch, such as wood chips, to protect the trunk.

Tip #2: Go Perennial

If you still want an understory of plants underneath your tree, opt for perennials. This way you won't be digging around the roots every year to replant. In fact, when you dig for initial planting, be very cautious and use a dull-bladed trowel just in case you do hit a root. You want to plant between roots, not force your way through. Hostas can thrive in shaded areas and they don't require division, which makes them a good choice underneath many deciduous trees. Goldenseal is another spreading option that also adds some flowers to the design. If you are dealing with acidic soil, which often occurs underneath pines and conifers, you can opt for ferns since they are relatively tolerant of soil conditions and they thrive in shade.

Tip #3: Keep It Natural

Perfect rows are too formal and structured looking to create a peaceful and pleasing landscape. Instead, dot the plants beneath the tree in a random pattern. Begin by placing the plants, still in their pots, on top of the planting area. Make sure to follow the spacing recommendations on the plant labels. This may look like a lot of space between plants right now, but in a year or two everything will fill out and it will be just right. Once you are happy with the design, remove the plants from the pots and plant them at the same depth in the ground that they were growing at in their planters and pots.

Tip #4: Keep It Clean

Leaf litter is one of the main enemies to the landscaping beneath your tree, since it can smother your plants. The trick is to rake the leaves out of the garden bed regularly throughout fall. You can use a leaf blower to blow them onto a lawn area for raking or bagging, or you can gently pull them off with a flexible lawn rake. Once the leaves are removed each fall, add a fresh layer of mulch to maintain its depth, since mulch slowly decomposes. You should also cut back dead plants to an inch or two of the ground. Not only does this look nicer, it ensures that any diseased leaves are removed and disposed of before winter, so problems are less likely to overwinter in the garden bed.

For assistance, speak to a professional like All Season Landscaping.

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