Help a Tree - Remove Grass

Don't let grass grow beneath your trees. Grass competes fiercely for available water and will slow the growth of trees, especially newly planted ones. For instance, if the growth of a tree is reduced by 20 percent for one year because of grass competition, the growth automatically is 20 percent less during the second year's growth. Grass competition alone reduces tree and shrub growth by as much as 50 percent.

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  • Envy Lawn Envy Lawn on Mar 13, 2014
    You can also use alternative surfacing such as artificial grass or rubber mulch underneath trees to create a design element without looking tacky.
  • Kolleen Kolleen on Mar 15, 2014
    Envy Lawn. I was almost convinced to use some artificial turf. It's looking real these days and we need to conserve water regardless of the rain gauge. However, I came across an article that convinced me otherwise. It doesn't encourage nature to come into your yard like bees, birds, lizards, etc. Isn't it nature that inspires us to go outside in the first place?