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Q.Grass Growth Under Apple Tree

Anonymous added on November 21, 2010 | Answered

Not for lack of trying, grass growth under our apple tree dies off every year no matter how much top dressing you perform or heavy constant watering , overseeding, etc. Could it be the acidic soil from the fruit? The tree adds a beautiful touch to its corner of the yard,  I’m afraid it may get the old George Washington soon in lieu of grass. Any suggestions on remedying this problem?

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Answered on November 22, 2010

Grass is very difficult to grow under any tree, but there are a few things you can do. First, have the tree's branches thinned out. This will improve the light that makes it to below the tree; and for an apple, it makes for better fruit anyway. Next, have the soil tested and treat it for whatever the test recommends. Third, make sure that the area is getting adequate water. Trees drink a huge amount of water and in order for the grass to grow, you will need supplemental water under the tree.

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