The Q&A Archives: Groundcovers for Under Pines

Question: I'm looking for a groundcover to plant under a couple of pine trees in my yard. The area gets practically no direct sunlight. I'm particularly looking for something that I wouldn't have to try to change the pH of the soil for (assumedly a little acid). David Forcey Rice Lake, WI

Answer: Unfortunately, even the most shade-loving groundcovers need some sun to thrive. If your area is at least brightly lit, eventhough it gets no direct sun, you may try pachysandra or vinca. However, if it is completely dark under the pine tree, then I'd just mulch with a layer of bark mulch instead of trying to grow anything under the tree.

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