how do I maintain 'anything' under mature sugar maple?
I have a mature (28+in diameter) sugar maple smack dab in the middle of my backyard. That's not where *I* would have put it, but I wasn't around when it was planted :)
anyhoo - as you know, the tree has shallow/surface roots and sucks out all the moisture from the area.
I tried to plant a big hosta bed under the tree, but between the deer and the lack of moisture, what is left of the hostas need to move. That's fine - but is there anything i can do with the area under the tree?
I can't really grow a lawn under there because the surface roots make it impossible to mow. What's your best way to suppress weeds under your trees? would it be viable to put in a large raised bed under the canopy? Would this rot the roots?
any help will be appreciated.