Re: Plants around tree are dying

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Posted by Mike G on July 20, 2003 at 09:19:29:

In Reply to: Plants around tree are dying posted by Jennifer on July 16, 2003 at 07:26:13:

: Since I moved into my new house last year, i've tried to plant different annuals around the tree. No matter what I plant or how often I water, everything is dying. I'm assuming the tree is soaking up all the nutrients. I don't know exactly what kind of tree it is, but I know it's not a maple. Other people in my neighborhood with the same type of tree have plants, why can't I?

The plants may not be suitable to grow underneath the canopy of the tree. Too much shade will prevent many plants from growing. Futhermore, some trees actually release a "toxin" into the soil that destroys any plant--but not the tree. I would start with planting shade-tolerant plants like impatiens or astilbe, if they grow then you know that the shade is the problem.

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