Planting flowers under an Ash Tree (Michigan)
I have planted hostas and various ground covers under my Ash tree. They simply do not grow. They haven't died...just haven't grown. Is it something to do with the Ash Tree? Or shall I work on building up the area with good soil and compost to enrich the soil? Suggestions??
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

"Hi,

Thanks for writing. Perennials almost always take longer to become established when you plant them beneath a big tree because the tree's root system absorbs so much moisture and nutrients from the soil.

You can help your plants along by giving them some fertilizer and extra moisture during the spring and summer growing season.

You don't want to build up the soil --- adding too much soil could start to suffocate the roots and wound or even kill your tree.

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

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