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Beneath a pine tree

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 13:39

The area beneath any coniferous evergreen provides probably the worst growing conditions ever! - All year round shade, intolerably dry and very acidic!! If you really want to grow anything I would suggest trimming back some of the lower branches to let in even a little light, and digging in some good organic matter. But even then most things will struggle. Rather than providing a list of possibilities, I would suggest you do what I did when confronting exactly the same problem last year and speak to someone at this nursery... they are very helpful, and provide good examples of most of the shade-loving plants that stand a chance. Good Luck! (you'll need it!) (by the way, I did get some things growing under our tree and then the tree suffered severe storm damage and had to come down - and it's so much better now!!)

Hedging suppliers

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 10:05

I'm panning to plant a beech hedge before the end of the bareroot season. There is a minefield of suppliers online with a massive variation in price for apparently the same product. 

Could anyone recommend a good, trustworthy supplier with good reliable plants please?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 09:59

South Derbyshire - It was minus 2C with a flurry of snow yesterday afternoon while I dug... soil is drying out well. But drizzle this morning and the temperature has risen to  4C.

Tree ideas.

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 11:00

Again, thanks all for your ideas. I have finally managed to upload a photo of the very sad looking patch of garden devoid of tree! 

Thanks to chilli lover  - on the opposite side of the driveway, out of the photo we have an ornamental cherry, so at the moment the maple or silver birch ideas are favourite. Plenty to do, including some work on renovating the driveway after years of falling needles!! Looking forward to some gardeing action - hopefully should be warm enough this weekend although very frosty here is Derbuyshire again this morning!!

Tree ideas.

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 19:07

I am inspired by both the silver birch and maple ideas. The birch offers a great appeal if you give the trunks a bit of attention - washing and keeping white, and the acer is one I have not come across... choices choices. Two great suppliers too! thanks!


Tree ideas.

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 10:31
Well that's the dilemma Busy Lizzie! Leaf clearing does seem like a menace but the fact that its only once a year and that I can compost the leaves makes it more appealing than the perpetual shade and blanket of acid needles which make it virtually impossible to grow anything beneath or around an evergreen. So a deciduous with a seasonal personality is my preferred option at the moment.

Tree ideas.

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 21:39
BobtheGardener. Yes the stump has been ground to about 2 feet below the soil level.

Tree ideas.

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 14:58
And sorry for the typos!

Tree ideas.

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 14:57
Thanks for helpful comments so far. What is didnt mention was that he wall is only a metre high, there are no adjacent buildings and beyond the garden there are uninterrupted views across fields and woodland. I was therefore thinking something with height and architectural structure would add some focus to the view from the house
I'll organise a photo ASAP. It'll no doubt help with the vision!

Tree ideas.

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 14:19
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Hedging suppliers

Reviews and recommendations please 
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Tree ideas.

Ideas to replace a fallen cedar in the front garden please! 
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