Perennials Under Shade Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Union, NJ
Question by kcd928
June 27, 2000
Can you help us plan a garden under a tree in an all shaded area using flowering or non-flowering perennials and also explain what needs to be done to properly prepare the planting area where there are large tree roots. I'm a novice at this.


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Answer from NGA
June 27, 2000

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give the plant a root-free area in which to take hold, improve the soil by adding organic matter such as compost and then plant.

Whichever appraoch you take, water well and keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy until the new plants become established. Between the little plants you can mulch with several inches of organic mulch to keep down weeds until the ground cover fills in. If weeds are a problem in that area, you may also use several thicknesses of wet newspaper beneath the mulch to help suppress them.

give the plant a root-free area in which to take hold, improve the soil by adding organic matter such as compost and then plant.

Whichever appraoch you take, water well and keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy until the new plants become established. Between the little plants you can mulch with several inches of organic mulch to keep down weeds until the ground cover fills in. If weeds are a problem in that area, you may also use several thicknesses of wet newspaper beneath the mulch to help suppress them.

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