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planting under Magnolia

Posted by kristie_2007 15 & 16 (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 22, 13 at 17:13

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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RE: planting under Magnolia

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 22, 13 at 22:27

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.


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RE: planting under Magnolia

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


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RE: planting under Magnolia

Thank you. I am going to look into the Pachysandra.


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RE: planting under Magnolia

  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 13, 13 at 20:50

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


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