Planting Hostas Around A Tree
Be very careful digging around the roots when planting under a tree.
Planting hostas around a tree. Mulch soils with 2 to 3 inches of wood chips to conserve moisture and keep down weed growth. Planting hostas around a pine tree. Oak trees with their stout trunks and broad limbs create a statement in the landscape but also a dilemma for the gardener. During rainy weather reduce water applications in accordance with the rainfall.
Plant hostas and other plants near the trunks of trees rather than grass. Apply 1 inch of water per week during the growing season. Make sure you dont plant them too close to the roots however or the hostas will have to compete for nutrients. Fill in the soil around the roots and press down the area with the flat of your hands.
Add a bit of compost to individual planting holes and buy small plants so you dont need to dig deeply. This feature is not available right now. Many pines are shallow rooted and when you dig you find a mass of small roots which make it very hard to grow anything. What to put beneath this master of shade.
Also avoid damaging the bark at the base of the tree. I have a 20 40 yr old pine tree in my front lawn and i would like to plant a hosta bed around the base of it. It really isnt a good idea to add soil over the top of the root system or to mound soil up against the trunk of your established maple. Even a few inches of soil can change the moistureoxygen ratio which could harm the roots.
Soak the area until the soil around the planting hole is damp. Id check around the tree first thoroughly before you dig a bed. I know i can harm the tree if i make a raised bed or apply too much fresh dirt as it may smother the roots. If you encounter a root move to another spot.
Plant hostas around the trees out back. Any injury is an invitation for disease and pests to find their way inside the tree. Spread a 1 to 2 inch layer of organic material as a mulch layer over the planting area. Maintaining grass subjects tree trunks to injury from weed trimmers and mowers.
Hostas are an ideal candidate. Use a trowel or digging knife rather than a large shovel.