Trees make lovely focal points in any landscape. Though, the ground surrounding their trunks can frequently be an issue. Grass may have a difficult time thriving around roots, and the shade a tree provides can deter even the strongest of flowers. Instead of having the area around your tree bare, why not put on a nice-looking ground cover?
These plants flourish on neglect, needing a lesser amount of sunlight and water than most other plants. Encircle your trees with an excellent ground cover, and you’ll give your outdoor space a finished, professional appearance.
Ground Cover Plants
Pick your ground cover plants based on the trees around which they’ll exist. Some trees, such as the Norway maple, have thick coverage and allow practically no sunlight. Others have thinner branches and tinier leaves, providing you with more choice to pick from. Find out how big each tree type will ultimately grow to decide how many plants you will require to have to cover the whole space circling the tree.
Some of the best ground covers to have under trees are Periwinkle, Liriope and monkey grass, wild violets, Ajuga, Lungwort, Foamflower, Creeping juniper, and Pachysandra.
Ground Cover Planting
Like other parts of your outdoor space, putting ground covers under a tree begins with prepping the planting area. Ground covers can be planted any time in any month. But, later in the fall and early in the springtime are recommended by Rochester arborists.
Put a circle around the grass at the bottom of the tree to signify the size of your proposed bed. Put a hose on the ground to show the size of the bed or stain the grass with paint. Plow the soil inside the circle and get rid of all the weeds and grass. Use a trowel to plow individual holes for putting the ground cover plants.
Put fertilizer in each hole before putting in the plant.
Leave plenty of room around the plant to let them grow freely. Put a layer of eco-green mulch or bark in between the plants to help keep the moisture and to shade out any rising roots. Water the plants every week until they grow and take hold.
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