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Old 03-01-2015, 07:55 AM   #16
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I have same problem, tried seeding spring and fall nothing works. Tree roots and shade are culprits, I'm stubborn so have tried everything (tested soil, tried BS infomercial grasses guaranteed to grow, etc.). Doing what others suggested this spring mulch & hardy ground cover.
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:14 PM   #17
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New member here, just sharing some thoughts on this issue...

A lot of good points are made in the responses, including Nanuk's comment on maples' alleopathic qualities. Some other trees have this same quality, and regardless of how many times someone tries, those alleopathic factors will inhibit growth.

I think that's why repeated plantings haven't been effective.

I saw this phenomenon at a house with a beautiful maple with dark burgundy leaves. The roots were at surface or above ground level. Nothing would grow in that area beneath the canopy close to the roots.

Even if something were planted and were miraculously to survive, that growth might interfere with your maple's moisture intake and affect that tree's long term survivability.

Perhaps the easiest and best way is to consider some other option for that area beneath the trees, in the recognition that it's probably unlikely anything would ever survive.
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Old 04-11-2015, 11:56 PM   #18
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Maybe this link will help.
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/...oc/8237pdf.pdf
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