We have two trees (a maple and a gum) in the front yard. This is the sunniest area of our property and faces west. All the area from the street to close to the trees receives 6 or more hours of sunlight. We’ve always had fescue grass (he’s a lawn maintenance owner who has a couple decades working on it to keep fescue growing) and the center bed with the trees. The patio with adjacent narrow bed and the bed near the street are three years old. When digging out coleus and vinca for our pansies, we discovered the beds are just crowded with tree roots/root hairs. My husband said tonight he just wants to put down ivy and forget about growing anything else.
I’ve been wanting to grow more food. Right now, I have most in pots on this front patio with a few things in our tiny side garden (which doesn’t receive enough sun for things like tomatoes and peppers). I’ve been hoping to grow food in the front lawn, it I realize it will have to be in raised beds because the soil is simply too consumed with tree roots and too compacted.
It will look ugly
The tree roots will ruin it all
Any thoughts? 😊 Any ideas of how to make it pretty, edible, and not cluttered?