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There are options to planting under trees

Huge shade trees are what every Nevadan homeowner wants for summer cooling and aesthetics. However, mature trees, such as silver maples, can have shallow roots close to the soil surface that prevent grass from growing. When thin lawns happen under trees, what can a homeowner do to make the site attractive again? It may be time to remove the lawn and put in shade-tolerant plants.

Early blooming, spring-flowering bulbs are good alternatives to lawn under a tree, because they bloom before the tree leafs out. These could be mixed with shade-tolerant ground covers or shade-tolerant perennials. Perennial plants work better …

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The Record Courier Updated Nov 1, 2011 08:36PM Published Nov 1, 2011 08:35PM Copyright 2011 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.