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11/07/2013 at 17:30

I have a holly tree in my front garden with a boarder underneath.  The canopy is about 6 feet from the ground but anything I plant underneath won't grow.  The same plants grow very well in the rest of the boarder.  Even when well watered the poor specimins under the tree stay sad.  I was wondering if the the degrading leaves are poisonous to other plants / soil.  Can anyone answer this for me?  

Many Thanks, Mary

11/07/2013 at 17:59

Probably too dry.  The holly tree must suck up many gallons every day.

11/07/2013 at 18:23

Don't forget that the holly will also be staking all the goodness out of the soil as well as the water. The leave drop may also have raised the acidity of the soil. You probably need to focus in plants that thrive in dry shade and give them plenty of good compost and feed when you plant them. A regular mulch with old compost will also probably help



11/07/2013 at 19:32

Perhaps you should ask your boarder to leave some room for plants?

11/07/2013 at 21:10

Thanks guys.  and LOL gardeningenes  I'll ask

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