The Q&A Archives: Will Hostas Grow Under An Established Oak Tree?

Question: I have a large established oak tree on my south lawn. I would like to try planting hostas around the base. Is this likely to be successful? Would vinca be more appropriate in this setting?

Answer: Planting under oaks can be difficult as their extensive root systems compete for water and nutrients. Both hosta and vinca require regular water. It would be better to choose something that doesn't need alot of water. Whatever you choose, don't plant within 10 feet of the trunk and be careful not to damage roots. Damaged roots provide an entry point for pests and disease.

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