Tip of the Week: Planting in Dry Shade

Follow these tips to overcome one of a green thumb’s biggest challenges: gardening in dry shade.

  • Choose plants that tolerate drought, and water them regularly. Resist the temptation to water them frequently, so that they won’t begin to expect it.
  • Apply a slow-release fertilizer. Adding compost or manure to the soil in a one- to two-inch layer (no thicker) seems to give a boost. 
  • Don’t plant or mulch closer than 18 inches to a tree trunk. 
  • Avoid cutting any tree roots more than two inches thick, as this will adversely affect the tree.
  •  Plant small plants in individual holes, rather than preparing a large bed for big transplants. Smaller plants adapt better than big ones, finding their own paths for their roots. They also require less water while they get established.

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