Hostas Under Trees
Looking for advice on hostas under trees...some background...
Eight years ago I had my landscaper plant about 4 hostas under my maple tree. I'd seen it done, but was new to home ownership so didn't know enough to ask about the likelihood of success, or advice, or to notice what kinds of trees those other hostas were under, tree root issues, etc
Only one hosta came back. (The farthest from the tree but still within three feet)
Now years late I really want something in that spot (and hate ferns). So I planted 3 hostas today.
To be fair, the hosta are sort of among the tree roots. (not super big ones, but I did have to snip a couple about the size of a child's pinky finger to get the hostas in. An there were some very fine roots -- but they could have been from the invasive viola I can't get rid of!
Soooo any advice on the hostas:
-- likelihood this second time will be the charm?
-- if I water them well will that make up for them being close to the tree, and among the roots?
-- will the roots take all their water and kill them no matter what I do?
I asked about extra watering, but the area there is not a dry area by any means, when it rains it's wet just like the rest of the yard. But I've been told the tree roots can take all the water.