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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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