Plants under dead trees. - Knowledgebase Question

Montreal
Question by jacpayne
August 26, 2017
I have a hosta bed under dead ash trees. Would it be better to remove the hostas before the trees come down when the ground is frozen this winter?
Will the weight of the trunks kill my hostas?

Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Answer from sooby
August 26, 2017

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The perennial part of a hosta is beneath the soil surface so unless the trees plough into the ground they should be fine. Frozen ground will be all the better because it will protect the crowns of the plants from impact. If you dig the hostas up during winter before the ground has frozen then you will have to store them somewhere until spring, unless you plan on replanting them somewhere else. If you're going to replant elsewhere then it would be better done now.

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