planting under Magnolia

kristie_2007July 22, 2013

I live in a mediterranean climate (zone 9) on the Central Coast of California. I want to convert my lawn to a native plant garden but an obstacle I have is my 20+ year old magnolia. It is on the west side with a cool corner.

I could keep grass around it but then I would have to mow it and water. I am looking to reduce my watering since it is becoming a precious commodity.

I love this tree but am not sure what to plant underneath which would be best for the tree and low maintenance.

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Thank you

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See if you can actually get a shovel into the area, or is it solid roots? You could just let the grass die and keep the area mulched. It will look neat and tidy that way. There's no law that says you have to plant anything under a tree. The tree would be perfectly happy to be undisturbed. It's a pretty tree and requires no further decoration.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 10:27PM
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If you want an evergreen shade tolerant ground cover you might try Pachysandra. I grew it under a very large conifer with very little water. Al

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 9:56AM
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Thank you. I am going to look into the Pachysandra.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 5:29PM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

a ground cover of Dwarf Mondo Grass. or Acorus gramineus Ogon, or Vinca minor or Carex tumulicola.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 8:50PM
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