The Q&A Archives: Complimenting Fir Trees

Question: We have a 10 ft x 10 ft burm with a large fir tree growing up in the middle of it. The burm has partial shade. I have put good soil in it. I can't seem to get anything to grow well. Is this because of the needles? I've planted begonias, ferns, Hostas and now ground cover. Nothing seems to do very well. Any suggestions? Mia Kennelly Coeur d' Alene, ID

Answer: The fir tree needles may be creating a more acidic soil condition, so try adding some lime to the planting areas. Also, the fir tree roots may be out-competing the smaller plants. Be sure to dig a good size hole, remove any roots and add compost to give the new plants a head start. Good luck with your garden..

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