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Old 04-12-2013, 10:45 AM   #16
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Here is a website that lists native plants to Ontario, this link is specificity woodland (shade loving) species: http://ontariowildflowers.com/main/habitat.php?type=1

I would suggest Wild Ginger (Asarum Canadense) with taller wild flowers interspersed, maybe Fringed Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum ciliolatum) and Wild Columbine (Aquilegia Canadensis).

These are native perennials and once established will take care of themselves (maintenance free) since they are "meant" to be there.

Thanks for the link and info, I like the Wild Ginger (Asarum Canadense).

Here is a pic I found of them near a tree, i guess at this point a nice rock wall around the tree and wild ginger will seal the deal.

What is the proper way of planting these around the tree and when should I do this?

This doesn't look bad:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wnnOyj_CSN...5_20%2B006.jpg

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Old 04-12-2013, 11:43 AM   #17
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Well, you could seed it now. They may or may not germinate this year. This site sells seeds https://www.prairiemoon.com/product.php?productid=16187 I would buy at least 1/8 ounce if not the 1/4.

You could probably find bare root or potted Wild Ginger near you, search for a nursery that sells native plants near you. Just plant them after the last frost or as close to as possible (they should tolerate below freezing fine).

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Gotta love that gas meter right in the middle of the yard

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Mine has somewhat similar roots. I used cedar mulch.


Also, Christmas lights in April don't help much.
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:00 PM   #19
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Gotta love that gas meter right in the middle of the yard
Why does everyone point that out? Is it that much of an eye-sore?
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Talked to the wife, she'd prefer mulch of some sort instead of groundcover.

Thoughts? It would look more tidy I suppose, but would this in any way work against the tree? What about cedar chips?
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Not an eye sore really just something you usually don't see. Plus with it being in the open like this it has a higher chance of getting hit by someone or something.

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I think the shade of the tree has more to do with the grass not growing under it than lack of water. You certainly do not need to water the tree anymore.

Why not select some nice, varied and richly colored and textured groundcovers that will thrive under the tree instead of turf? Retain either groundcovers or mulch with headerboard and use gentle curves so you can race your mower around the curves.

Turf is the highest maintenance planting of any in the landscape.


Yeah, your trees need to be pruned and thinned. An arborist can help
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we have a huge maple that has roots like your tree does.
We put a large cobble stones border around it and planted
vinca vine...it filled in beautifully and looks great, lush and
green....and needs no maintenance.
You can do a big rock border like you showed in your
inspiration pic and plant the vinca vine.
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I have an idea for you, it might not cost as much as you think either, look for artificial turf, since the tree is killing the grass around it, like others have mentioned, do the black/brown muchl aroudn the tree surrounded by nice looking stones then lay some synthetic grass out to where teh grass is not growing and a color that will blend in with the rest of your grass.. Yes in the winter it will look silly but snow will ocver it, however in the summer if your colours match then you got the perfect lawn
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Don't forget that you'll have to add mulch every few years to keep it looking nice. Don't forget about having to weed it too...
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A 3 inch thick (or more) layer of mulch should keep the weeds from growing.
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We have a huge oak with the same problems. The only advice I can offer is that if you decide to build a rock wall around it and fill it with dirt/mulch, try not to go for anything that will need to remain level. I spent weeks digging a trench about 6' from the truck of the tree around it (with the help of an arborist to make sure I didn't damage the tree in any way). I then placed blocks to make a retaining wall (total PITA since it was on a slope), but when it was done and everything was planted it was beautiful. Until a couple years later when the tree roots grew more and pushed some of the blocks up in a lot of places making it uneven. Last summer I ripped everything out before it got worse. I'm thinking of planting liriope under the tree since it's an aggressive ground cover that can be mowed when it gets out of hand.

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A one-piece foundation or cementing the blocks together would help. Then even if a root grows and pushes the wall up, the weight of the entire wall will push back and the root won't make the wall rise as much.
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Time for an update,

I got some moss rocks that I put around the tree. We've decided against putting any plants in there, we want to put either gravel or mulch.

I was thinking of 3/4 clear gravel, I figure it provides good drainage, but then i read something about acidity? Again not quite sure.

The other option is to put some black mulch? If this is my only option, how thick of a mulch bed should I put?

Don't mind the weeds inside, i was pulling them out and throwing them in there temporarily.

Thoughts on mulch vs. gravel?

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Thoughts on mulch vs. gravel?

I hate shoveling. I would rather do it once, than every year. It will cost you a little more up front, but the joy of not having to mulch every year (or every other) is priceless.

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