The Q&A Archives: Planting Under Pines

Question: I have a beautiful bank by my house, but the only problem is that it has a lot of pine trees on it. Is there anything that will grow under pine trees?

Answer: The problems with trying to grow things under pine trees is that the trees provide a lot of shade, have feeder roots close to the surface that compete with other plants for moisture, and the trees shed needles most of the season, which acidifies the soil. Some groundcovers will grow without problem, but most annual and perennial plants will give up before they reach their full potential. Vinca minor, an evergreen vining groundcover grows reasonably well under pines. You might also try some "weedy" plants that take abuse, because their cultural requirements are few. Try Bishop's Weed. Wild Ginger, Ivy or Cat Mint. They are all tough plants. Hope this information helps.

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