Trees I have oak, wild cherry, cottonwood, dogwood, ash, maple, and some others. There are huge roots to work around, some couple inches in diameter, and fine hairy tangled mess.
I don't know exactly what happened, but went from several years of increasing and lush hostas and companions to very fast decline. In 3 years lost most companions and abt 25 hostas. Just started shrinking.
This year is starting out great, so maybe my methods will pay off.
Cookies another thing I have done when I get tired is just take shovel or digger a little bit away from plant, slice straight down as far as I can and wiggle it back and forth a little. Then add crystal, manure and/or Osmocote as far down as I can in the crevice I made.
Lol, what we do for our plants! ☺