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Q.Want to plant low maintenance 1-2″ shady fast growing ground cover. Have clay and sand soil. What do you suggest

Zone 49120 NILES MI. | Anonymous added on March 10, 2020 | Answered

I have a huge oak tree and grass is very impossible to grow . Have hired Trugreen, no luck. Have planted many varieties of shady grass seed, very fragile looking and is gone before summer and nothing left by next spring. Want to plant low maintenance 1′-2″ shady fast growing ground cover. Have clay and sand soil. What do you suggest the best kind to get? Area is about 6’x 8′ . Am at my wit’s end, hate the the ugly barren ground where grass should be and was many years ago.

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Answered on March 11, 2020

The best thing to put under trees is mulch out to the drip line. No need to look at barren soil.

If you prefer ground cover, consider mosses. They can survive the shade created by the trees, and they will be low maintenance other than removing debris.


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