Under The Tree 3

Do you have bare spots under your trees that would benefit from some plants? Trees added to your yard look beautiful and offer weight to the landscape.


Here are some steps to make your planting successful:


Watch Out!

Trees can be very sensitive to any damage to their roots and bark. Some trees, such as cherry, dogwoods, magnolias, and maples, have very shallow roots that are barely below the soil surface and do not like having their roots disturbed. Be very careful digging

around the roots. Use a trowel or digging knife, rather than a large shovel. If you encounter a root, move to another spot!


Damaging the bark at the base of the tree is an invitation for disease and pests to find their way inside the tree.


Plant Small

Since you cannot dig holes to accommodate large plants under your tree, you will need to plant small seedlings or plant divisions (for example, Hostas). Smaller plants will allow you to dig smaller and less wide. Initially, they will need regular watering. Remember to space in accordance with the maturity size of each plant.


Create a Beautiful Plant Portfolio of Color and Texture

To ensure you have a colorful display of texture, choose plants with leaves that look good all season. Good choices include for our zone include: European ginger (Asarum Europaeum), Japanese painted ferns (Athyrium Niponicum), Hosta, coral

bells (Heuchera), Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa Macra), Fringed bleeding-hearts (Dicentra Eximia) and ‘Pink Skyrocket’ foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia).


After You Plant

To keep your “tree garden” healthy, add a couple of inches of organic mulch or compost. The mulch will help retain moisture. Reapply the mulch each year in early spring, before the plants have a chance to leaf out. Stop into The Mustard Seed Landscaping and Garden Center for other tips and ideas for your landscaping needs.