Under the oaks - Knowledgebase Question

San Antonio, Te
Question by whaletail7
May 2, 2009
I have 3 100+ year old oak trees in my backyard. We used to have english ivy under them but have cleared that out. What type of ground cover can I safely grow under them or is it best just to cover with mulch? There are alot of small-medium roots all over the top surface and it is hard to dig unless I disturb these roots.


Image
Answer from NGA
May 2, 2009

0

Oak roots are shallow and they don't like to be disturbed but I think you can still plant an attractive groundcover without doing too much damage to the roots. I'd choose pachysandra or vinca. Both will spread in shade and in dry soils which is what you will find beneath your oak trees. Best wishes with your landscape!

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 bootandall and is called "Aster"