Shade From Pine Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Westland, MI
Question by laurajb
February 26, 2000
We have a large pine tree in the front of the house which is at a westerly exposure. We have trouble growing grass there and we're wondering if the pine needles would be harmful, or beneficial, if we went with a ground cover in the bare spots while also planting a shady perennial flower garden.

Answer from NGA
February 26, 2000


The problem is with the shade, not the pine needles. Turfgrass requires full sun to thrive. Pine needles are acidic and a good source of organic matter when added to compost piles or garden beds. The Shady Oaks Nursery (1-800-504-8006, catalog is packed with ideas and information about gardening in the shade. Good luck!

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