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!


Image
Answer from NGA
April 10, 2006

0

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).

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by sunnyvalley and is called "Rose Mind Games"