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Name: Laura Law
Oneida (Zone 5b)
Apr 11, 2017 12:09 PM CST
Hi everyone. So we have a huge maple tree in our front yard that covers a good portion of ground area. Underneath it is a large patch of ground cover. Mainly it's pachysandra but there is a patch of myrtle growing underneath a small area of it also. My dog keeps peeing in there and has been for the past few years. We've noticed season after season, the once healthy pachysandra looks worse each year. It happened slowly and now is obviously just an eyesore. We're thinking of removing it altogether but I'm afraid it will be even uglier with a big patch of ground underneath the tree. Our yard is fairly dark as it is and my guess is that getting something else to grow underneath this tree probably will be a challenge. Aside from re-training our dog to go elsewhere in the there anything we can do to get this stuff back? Can I mix in some manure or transplant more pachysandra? Thank you in advance.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Apr 11, 2017 1:38 PM CST

Pachysandra like shade so that's not the problem. The dog doing his business on any plant daily will kill the plant. Try putting a springler in the dead spot to dilute the urane. I wouldn't bother to plant anything else until you change your dog's habits. Maybe a nice rock garden?
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Apr 11, 2017 2:30 PM CST
Do remember that tree roots - especially maples - will always gobble up nutrients and moisture. Once you've retrained the dog, you could add some compost - yard waste or composted manure - and some supplemental watering. Then you could transplant in some additional pachysandra to fill in bare spots. If you don't want to go to the trouble of bringing it back, you could mulch the area and let it go.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb

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