Planting Hostas Under Trees
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Planting hostas under trees. A thin layer of mulch no more than 3 inches can then be spread around the base of the tree and plants. What to put beneath this master of shade. You can protect hostas from sun wind and hail by planting them under established trees. Today she lives and gardens on the high plains of colorado.
Make sure you dont plant them too close to the roots however or the hostas will have to compete for nutrients. Work the soil into the top 6 inches of soil. I have been growing hostas under a very large maple tree for about 15 years. Each hole can be filled with composted organic matter to help benefit the plant.
Do plant in holes when planting under trees give each plant its own hole. Planting under trees from university of nebraska lincoln julie christensen learned about gardening on her grandfathers farm and mothers vegetable garden in southern idaho. Carefully dug holes will avoid damage to the trees shallow root system. The coloring of hosta leaves can be dark green light green or green with cream stripes on the inner or outer edges.
If you are new to gardening you may wonder what plants will grow under evergreen trees or maybe you have tried planting grass under an evergreen and your grass died on you. Please try again later. I would have moved them all to a new area except i am stubborn and really wanted them there. Spread a 6 inch layer of compost or manure over the soil at the planting area.
Avoid planting under conifer trees as the soil around them is usually very dry and the needles that collect around them will stifle most plants. Dig carefully with a hand trowel to avoid damaging larger tree roots. Hostas are low growing plants that produce long green leaves and lavender flowers on tall stalks in the summer. Oak trees with their stout trunks and broad limbs create a statement in the landscape but also a dilemma for the gardener.