under oak trees - Knowledgebase Question

Lutz, Fl
Question by ldunaway101
July 1, 2010
What can I plant around my pool cage that will survive under oak trees with partial sun?


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Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010

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Ideally, nothing should be planted under the oak canopy or at least not within ten feet of the mature tree trunk where buttress and sinker roots (critical to the health and structural stability of the tree) are located. The frequent irrigation required to establish landscape plants creates conditions favorable fo rthe fungi that can infect roots. If you must plant,plant sparingly. Dense plantings can compete with oak root systems for water and nutrients. With that said, you can plant cast iron plant, pachysandra, euphorbia and Mexican heather. All are shallow rooted and will compete well with the oak tree roots.

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