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Re: Shade garden under 60 foot pines

From: Rebecca Green
Date: 11 May 2003


Forget about growing grass beneath pine trees. Grass needs a lot of nutrients and moisture, neither of which the soil around pine trees has.

If the shade in the area isn't too deep I suggest planting groundcover sedum as a ground cover. It needs hardly any water or nutrients. If the shade is deeper then try hosta.

You should avoid disturbing the soil too much. In other words don't turn it over with amendments. Most of a tree's roots are in the top foot of soil. You can kill your trees by disturbing the soil too much.

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