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Question: I have large Oak trees that have leaves that cover the ground every year. they have killed my saint auginstine grass. I want a ground cover for the area. Since the leaves are acid would pacysandra hold up when the leaves fall. would the leaves act like a mulch for the ground cover. If not what would hold up under the trees in the houston area. and how close will i have to plant the ground cover plants.

Donna Way

Answer: Donna,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Pachysandra is an option but would probably not like your climate and soils there. A better choice is holly fern if you can keep the area a little moist. Another option is Asian jasmine. You may also want to remove some of the limbs to brighten the shade an make the area more suitable for other plants.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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