Planting suggestions where pine trees used to be.

Just had 30 year old pine trees cut down in our yard. Want to plant perennials. How do I prepare the soil since the pines grew there? Ground covered in pine needles and weeds.
Submitted by eb1950

Hi,

 

Thanks for writing. I'd first test your soil and find out how acidic it is. Sometimes soil beneath large pines can be very acidic and other times it's fine.

 

If the pH isn't a problem, then there's nothing special you need to do --- just clear out the weeds and either rake up the pine needles for use as a mulch or till them into the soil as organic matter. If there are large pine roots in the soil you may need to dig them out or plant around them.

 

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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