Watch Summer Raye Oakes @FlockFingerLakes as she talks about a unique approach for plantings under trees.
Instead of mulching around your trees, Summer suggests planting what is known as a soft landing planting around strategic trees in the landscape. The idea is to plant native herbaceous plant species that provide a “Soft landing” plus critical shelter for insects like moths, butterflies, beetles, etc. to pupae as they fall from trees.
This practice boosts the variety of insects and, in turn, has a positive impact on the growth of bird populations. Additionally, strategic plantings beneath trees serve as a natural barrier, preventing the intrusion of undesirable weeds or deep-rooted grasses.
In the video above Summer uses Espoma Organic Bulb-tone when planting Trillium around her Locust tree. We also recommend using Espoma Organic Bio-tone Starter Plus when planting to help give your plant the nutrients it needs to succeed in its new environment.
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