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What to plant under tress with shallow roots?
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scrapperjoan
Millersburg Ohio
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May 15, 2015 - 10:34 pm

I have a large maple tree in front of my home with really shallow roots. I have planted a few hosta and they get smaller and smaller every year.  Many didn't come back at all this year.  It's mostly shade but does get some late afternoon sun.  Do you have any suggestions of what to plant there?  I was thinking about just planting a ground cover but it seems kind of boring.  Thanks for any ideas! 

Ohio, Zone 5b

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KeyWee54
Western Kentucky Zone 7a
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May 16, 2015 - 6:01 am

There has got to be something odd going on with the soil under your tree.  I have a big shade bed under my two oak trees with no troubles ~ hostas, ferns, lenten rose, phlox, amsonia, etc.   Hostas are pretty easy so they shouldn't be disappearing (unless you have deer?).  Most tree roots (even for big trees) are in the top 12" of soil so that's not it either.  If you don't want to get a soil test to see if something is up, I would get a couple of big bags of garden soil (cheap at Walmart or garden centers).  Get enough to cover the whole area 3-4" deep.  Then replant.  I go to garden centers and buy anything off the "dead rack" when I want to fill in a large area.  Look for part shade perennials and stuff them in there.  See what works  and pull out what doesn't.  

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scrapperjoan
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May 17, 2015 - 9:48 am

Not sure what I'm doing but I tried to post a reply twice and don't see them anywhere.  Sorry if I've sent it to you multiple times!

Ohio, Zone 5b

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Lark
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May 17, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Well Joan, what ever you did to post above worked.  And this post worked. Try again.  :0)

Hit REPLY, type, click on submit reply.  Done.

 

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