What can I plant in an area shaded by my neighbor’s tree?

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Outside my family room windows, I see my fence & a section of bare ground. It’s bare because my neighbor’s tree overhangs the fenced and blocks sunlight. I can’t seem to get grass to grow well there. I’m looking for ideas. What can I do to help this bare area?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 15, 2017
    Loaction is needed for the best advice

  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Nov 15, 2017
    Shade loving ground cover

  • Bijous Bijous on Nov 15, 2017
    Hi, you have the right to trim anything over your fence. Talk to the neighbor and let them know you'll be trimming. Let them know you will be doing a good job and not make the tree suffer. If that's not an option, cover that area with heavy mulch or rock and make a container garden of low light loving plants. It could be quite a feature for your yard. Just cover when we get the occasional freeze.

  • Shar Shar on Nov 15, 2017
    Hostas are always good for shady areas.

  • William William on Nov 15, 2017
    I agree with Bijous-2010 and Shar. You can legally trim the branches that are crossing over onto your property. Talk to the neighbor about the problem and have them trim or do it yourself. The other solution is plant Hostas and mulch.

  • Pascale Nguyen Pascale Nguyen on Nov 15, 2017
    It depends on where you live but hostas are like a salad bar for the deer roaming our neighborhood. You can plant a shade loving groundcover if you don't want to trim the branches.