Landscaping Around Mature Trees: The Do’s and Don’ts

Mature trees can provide both shade and distinct appeal to any residential landscape. The ground around their trunks though can develop into a barren blight. Their thirsty roots often draw up all the water and their heavy branches can block sunlight, making it tough for other plants to thrive.

Luckily, you can still transform your yard into the envy of the neighborhood. You can add color, texture and other designs while preserving these trees. Here are tips from Lifestyle Landscapes, the area’s top landscape design company.

Do Not Add to the Existing Soil Level at the Trunk

Many homeowners create a raised border filled with soil to create a planting bed. This causes the bark to rot, exposing the tree to disease and insect infestation. If you want a raised bed, construct an inside border one to two feet away from the trunk. This will keep the soil from smothering the base of the tree.

Remove Grass before Adding Soil

Thick grass under the soil blocks water and oxygen from reaching the tree roots. So, when making a garden bed, dig out any existing lawn grass before adding soil. This will allow the tree roots to receive the nutrients they need to keep the tree healthy and strong. For the perfect garden bed, seek help from outdoor living designer Lifestyle Landscapes.

Choose Plants Suited For Light Conditions Under the Tree

Maple and magnolia trees allow dappled sun through their boughs. Others, including most evergreens, permit almost no sunlight near their trunks. Observe the amount of shade under the tree at different times of the day. Then, consider what to plant around the tree trunk. Ferns and hostas can thrive nearest the trunk, whereas lily of the valley and coral bells can grow under the perimeter of the tree’s branches.

Lifestyle Landscapes are landscape and patio design specialists. We design and build a variety of outdoor structures, garden spaces and systems. We provide whatever you need to make your outdoor space more enjoyable. We serve Seattle and its surrounding areas. Call (206) 621-2626 today to learn more about what we can do for you.