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Classic issue: trees lay down a lot of s___t. How to grass?

Classic issue: trees lay down a lot of s___t. How to grass?

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Old 03-20-11, 11:32 AM
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Classic issue: trees lay down a lot of s___t. How to grass?



....this is basically the whole deal. Too much shade and trees that lay down a covering every fall. ..Gums, Magnolias, Oaks, Pines, and Moss. I understand it is best to seed/re-seed in the Fall, but I have to work the hell out of the soil to clean it up like this in the Spring?! It seems that all I'd do it tear up last Fall's planting..

I'm not about to sod, but my wife wild prefer I display some Green talent and come up with a solution. I figure this is an old issue for many of you. I'd be thankful for some advise. (moving is not an option...) Cheers.

Jim/Salisbury MD
 
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Old 03-20-11, 11:43 AM
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There's no way to get a lot of grass growing under trees and in shade no matter what you do. Maybe a leaf blower will help a bit with the clean up.
 
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Old 03-21-11, 08:00 AM
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Hi Wetstuff:

Forget grass.

Two suggestions:

1) Consider a ground cover suitable for your area.

2) Create a "wild area" with plants that do well in shade (rhododendrons and azaleas) and a bark type of mulch. In the spring you can use a leaf blower to clean off the tree stuff.
 
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Old 03-21-11, 09:48 AM
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Thanks folks... you can't see to the left, but there's a buncha beds with daylillies and other bulbs in the sunny areas and we dig/replant wild plants out of the woods to help bulk up other beds with azaleas under the pines. Rodies, ferns and Mtn Laurel are some of my wife's favorites.

It's a classic problem: we live on the edge of the marsh (20' from one bed is brackish water) .. the soil is crap .. the Sun is very limited (it's a hanging offense to cut a tree this close to the creek) .. and you cannot have one of those 'magazine' quality wildscapes that looks decent.

I guess I simply have to accept the fact that a high percentage of seed is wasted... I am one who refuses to waste water on grass even tho' I have a second well for 'gardening'. Thanks again.

Jim
 
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