Mature trees can add shade and more appeal to your landscaping. However, their roots can absorb all water from the soil and their huge branches can block sunlight for other plants.
Here are tips for landscaping around mature trees from one of the top-rated whole home renovation companies, Wade Family Homes LLC.
Maintain Existing Soil Level at the Trunk
Homeowners usually create an elevated border around a tree and then fill it in with soil to make a planting bed. The added soil can rot on the bark and cause disease and insect infestation to the tree. Consider building an insider border that’s a foot or two away from the trunk to keep the soil from suffocating the base of the tree.
Pick Plants Suitable to the Light Conditions Under the Tree
Observe the amount of shade under the tree at different times of the day before picking plants. Deep-shade plants can do well when placed close to the trunk while semi-sun varieties can flourish under the area of the tree’s branches. One of the leading landscaping and home addition contractors, Wade Family Homes LLC, can help you choose the best additions to your yard.
Mulch When Establishing Plantings Under a Tree
Add two to three inches of mulch around the base of new plants to help keep the soil moist so you don’t have to water them from time to time. You can use a commercial mulch or recycled dried leaves.
Add Soil Over Turf
Dig out any lawn grass before adding soil if you’re making a garden bed. While you may think that grass will decompose under the soil, when it’s thick enough, it can build a layer of dense thatch that stops water and oxygen from getting into the roots.
Hurt Tree Roots When Planting
Cutting into the roots can seriously damage a tree. Instead of a shovel, use a hand trowel and carefully take out as much soil as you need to place new plants. Stop digging if you come across roots and pick a different location for the plants.
Pile Mulch Against the Tree Trunk
Don’t cover the base of the tree with too much mulch. Leave around eight to 10 inches of bare ground around the trunk when adding mulch.
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