Growing Under Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Bellevue, WA
Question by sonu
February 17, 2001
I have some Oak, Madrona, and Fir trees that I'd like to plant some bright, low-growing flowers underneath (in a circle, around the trunk). What would be appropriate flowers?


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Answer from NGA
February 17, 2001

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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.

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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