what will grow under pine trees? - Knowledgebase Question

Adelanto, CA (Zone 8B)
Question by snookywon8
April 10, 2006
i can't get anything to grow under or around my huge pind tree, HELP!

Answer from NGA
April 10, 2006


Getting anything to grow under pines is difficult for several reasons. The shade under a pine is quite dense, and the canopy of the pine keeps natural rainfall from reaching the soil. Needles that are shed make a thick mulch that acidifies the soil, and pine roots are shallow so they take up most of the moisture -- lawns, groundcovers, shrubs and perennials just can't compete. Instead of struggling to get anything to grow under the tree, you might consider placing a bench there so you can enjoy the tree's shade, perhaps surrounded by self-watering pots or planters of shade-loving plants (such as impatiens, caladium, coleus).

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