What should I plant under our large Weeping Willow?
We have a large weeping willow in the front corner of our yard. The roots have spread so thick and wide, it is not easy to mow over. The grass doesn't look very well either. What type of ground cover could I plant under it instead? Do I have to pull out the existing grass first. The area is moist and part shady. If I do plant something else, do I have to seperate the border of the ground cover from the surrounding grass areas? Thank You
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Here are a few suggestions: Snow-on-the-Mountain (Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum'), Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis), Pachysandra (P. terminalis), and Ajuga (A. reptans). All of these groundcovers are aggressive enough to compete with the willow tree roots. You will have to remove the straggly bits of turf under the tree.  Installing a finished edge between the groundcover and the lawn is optional. Regular lawn mowing will help keep the groundcovers in bounds, but the boundary will get blurred without a defined edge. For a longer list of groundcover suggestions, try a “detailed search” with the Plant Finder on BHG.com.

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