planting under maple tree

fifi_growApril 22, 2010

Hi everyone

I have read a few different blog on opinions of planting under Norway maples, but I have to try. We have a very large, 50 year old Norway maple in our front yard. The roots are grass covered but visible. Can I build up with soil around the trunk (not letting the soil actually come into contact with the trunk) and plant hostas and other shade plants there? I was hoping that given the age of the tree, I wouldn't have to worry about killing it.


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Lots of prior posts and opinions on the Tree forum.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 12:54PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Bare ground is usual under these here, where it gets quite dry after early July. Try laying down a layer of loose, well aerated soil over the roots and planting your flowers or ground-cover in that - as always, mulching afterward. Expect a possible struggle, with the planting maybe being defeated by the tree over time.

Might be a lot easier to leave things as they are under the tree, and do some additional planting elsewhere on the property.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 1:21PM
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