To review the May newsletter CLICK HERE
GardenSMART Newsletter Signup
Visit our Sponsors! Southern Living Dramm
Visit our Sponsors and win.
5 Do’s & Don’ts for Planting Under Trees

5 Do’s & Don’ts for Planting Under Trees

By Kelly Johnson, Beacon Impatiens
Photographs courtesy of Beacon Impatiens

Here are a few rules to keep in mind when planting under trees to create the optimum growing conditions for both the plants and the trees.

GardenSMART Article Image

Do Trim Away Lower Branches

Trimming away a few of the lower tree branches will provide more space for planting and allow light to come in under the tree.

GardenSMART Article Image

Don’t Build A Raised Bed

Building a raised bed around the base of the tree in an attempt to create better soil for the flowers can harm or even kill the tree. Most trees have surface roots that require oxygen to survive. When compost, soil and mulch are piled up thick around a tree, it suffocates the roots.

GardenSMART Article Image

Do Plant In Holes

When planting under trees, give each plant its own hole. Carefully dig holes to avoid damage to the tree’s shallow root system. Each hole can be filled with composted organic matter to help benefit the plant.

GardenSMART Article Image

Don’t Plant Large Plants

Tall plants will grow too high for the area and start trying to grow through the tree’s lower branches, while large plants will also block the sunlight and view of other smaller plants in the garden. Stick with smaller, low-growing, shade-loving plants like Beacon Impatiens for the best results.

GardenSMART Article Image

Do Water The Flowers After Planting

For the first couple of weeks after planting, water plants under the tree daily on days it does not rain, until the plants can establish roots.

All articles are copyrighted and remain the property of the author.

Article URL:'s_and_Don'ts_for_Planting_Under_Trees

Back to Articles List                               

GardenSMART Featured Article

By Power Planter
Photograph courtesy of Power Planter

Spring-planted bulbs will burst with beautiful blooms this summer. And will make quite a statement with little effort plus are perfect for cut-flower arrangements. And with the Power Planter auger they are quite easy to plant. For an article with a list of favorites, click here .

  Click here to sign up for our monthly NEWSLETTER packed with great articles and helpful tips for your home, garden and pets!  
Copyright © 1998-2012 GSPC. All Rights Reserved.