London, United Kingdom
My mum and I are wanting to create a woodland feel to a section of her front garden. These Betulas were planted 30yrs ago when the house was built and are now full height. The soil is dry and not much is able to flourish there, even drought tolerant shade loving plants are struggling. We plan to improve the soil by digging in organic matter and compost and the mulching to then plant into that. The problem is that there is a serious network of roots under there which is going to make it tricky to improve the whole area and not damage the tree roots.
Does anyone have any practical suggestions on how we should go at improving the soil? Also any planting suggestions? We have come up with a fair few but the more expert ideas the better! Thank you! The Pachysandra terminalis is struggling in the area at the moment and we'd really like to get that going. All suggestions very welcome. Thank you!
- 4 Sep, 2010