MAGNOLIA TREE - Knowledgebase Question

Cedar Grove, LA (Zone 8A)
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Question by spathammett
May 12, 2005
WHAT CAN I DO TO GET SAN AUGUSTINE GRASS TO GROW UNDER A MAGNOLIA TREE ?


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Answer from NGA
May 12, 2005
Magnolias have lots of surface feeder roots which will effectively compete with other plants for moisture and nutrients. Additionally, the shade from your magnolia will keep St. Augustine from getting the sunshine it requires. Instead of trying to coax St. Augustine to grow under such circumstances, why not plant a groundcover beneath your magnolia? Jasmine will do well, as will Vinca minor (periwinkle). Best wishes with your landscape!

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