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Advice for the garden...

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by psd99, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. psd99

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    hi all
    Spent a while clearing out the ivy and weeds under my confier tree:

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    Now the area is clear I am happier

    This area is quite shady most of the time with very little sunshine etc

    I was thinking about putting some nice plants under the tree with a membrance and stones on top but which plants are likely to stay alive in this location?
     
  2. gort

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    Depends on the type and quality of the soil and what tree that is. May have to dig down a bit to enrich it.
    It's possible that tree roots may get in the way and impede the growth of anything you want to plant.
    Depending on the above, a membrane with stones and a few containers placed dotted about may suit.
     
  3. The_Abyss

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    It'll be very dry and shaded. Perhaps just membrane and stones, and leave it at that? Something ornamental for wildlife to feed from?
     
  4. psd99

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    thanks guys

    yes very shaded , that is a well established conifer tree up there and the roots are very strong. I may need to throw some good compost in there to help anything grow.

    I was considering a membrane with stones with pots on top but also wondered if plants would look better in the soil directly with a membrane and stones instead.

    what plants could possibly grow here?
     
  5. niko

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    soil would be dry and very acidic, so look for plants that would cope with those conditions. id go pots as well- much bigger choice then
     
  6. psd99

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    pots over putting plants in the soil look like they are a better option

    but what plants are best for shade? I googled it but all of the plants in the past I put into shade have got eaten up and are dying! I think its slugs like eating fern plants
    I
     
  7. The_Abyss

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    Perhaps some ivy? ;)
     
  8. psd99

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    big no no
    it took ages to get rid of that stuff
    but it did make me wonder about why it is there in the first place.
     
  9. The_Abyss

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    Just get a ground covering variety and manage it better!
     
  10. thezappa

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    A seat might be nice. Obviously this doesn’t come under the plant category but still, it takes up some space.
     
  11. psd99

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    A bench?
     
  12. Mark M

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    Bench around the tree with built in raised planters gets my vote!
     
  13. psd99

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    got a picture in mind?
     
  14. thezappa

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  15. cheesyboy

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    Bench around the tree could be nice, but what are conifers like for dropping sap?
     
  16. psd99

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    thanks for the pic

    what do u mean by dropping sap? they make a bit of mess underneath

    I looked at a few benches but this tree is very large in size
    what shall I do with the ground underneath?>
     
  17. cheesyboy

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    I was just thinking that you don't want to sit on a bench that's covered in sap. Your clothes won't thank you.
     
  18. psd99

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    conifer trees don't have sap though? just branches that fall down.
     
  19. cheesyboy

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    They certainly have sap, but it might not be a problem for stuff underneath - that's why I asked :)
     
  20. Sasahara

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    The bench idea is good.

    If not maybe remove the stone ring and just turf all around and widen the path a tad.