plants under mature trees
I have two oak trees which I cannot get anything to grow under.
I have tried grass and several shrubs. I feel I am wasting my money
but I wonder if azaleas or hebes may grow. Any advice welcomed.
to get smaller or younger plants to establish under mature trees
can be a long process. You have to remember that the trees have
been there for a very long time, and over this period they have
filled in large area with root mass, and during the day use up a
lot of water and nutrients to feed themselves.
If you are going to
have a garden bed under the oak trees, you will have to make sure
that the hole is big enough to add some good compost to.
You may also like to
add compost or potting mix to the surface to raise the ground level.
Make sure that you feed the plants at the beginning with a good
long-term fertiliser like Yates Magamp, and side dress each spring
with Yates Professional Plant Food, Nutricote or Natures Way Bio
If you want to feed
weekly during the first couple of months, use Yates Nitrosol, Lush
All Purpose or Thrive All Purpose. Make sure that the plants you
are using are also suitable to the area - shady spot, appropriate
size for the area and plants that will happily grow under established
Clivias, liriope and
agapanthus are all tough enough to cope with the situation.
Gardener, Issue 114, 2003, Page 23
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.