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Question by tappioca329
May 15, 2010
I have a semi-mulched area in the back that has several mature trees in it. i want to plant back there but i'm running into roots everywhere i go. can i do topsoil and then plant or what is the best way to plant without bothering the trees?

Answer from NGA
May 15, 2010
If the trees are mature, digging around the roots shouldn't cause them much stress. It won't be easy digging, as you've discovered, but you can work around the largest roots, leaving them intact and excavate around them to plant your shrubs and perennials. The root systems of both will get along without harming one another. The biggest challenge will be to install your new plants and to keep them watered adequately. Tree roots will compete with the roots of other plants for moisture and since the trees are larger, they will probably win. So keep your new plants watered as needed and they should thrive. Best wishes with your landscape.

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