Under Planting For Fir - Knowledgebase Question

Yakima, WA
Question by rhknapik1
May 16, 2001
Is there any type of ground cover or fern that will grow under a fir tree. My husband says that firs have a natural element which prevents anything from growing under them. The 30 foot fir is growing on a slope and there is a slight errosion problem. I would like to plant something to help with this.


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Answer from NGA
May 16, 2001

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The difficulty with growing plants under fir trees is that the canopy of the tree diverts water, the surface roots drink up available moisture, there's dense shade, and needle fall makes the soil rather acidic. However, I've had great success growing Vinca minor, Pachysandra, Bishop's Weed, Hosta and Euonymus under fir trees. These plants seem to thrive where others only pout.

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