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Tips for landscaping around trees

While trees are a beautiful addition to any property, the ground around tree trunks can become barren and unsightly. Large branches block sunlight and make it difficult for grass and plants to grow. Landscaping is an easy way to overcome some of these obstacles and increase the beauty and value of your property. Here are a few tips and tricks for landscaping around trees.

A bench in a backyard with a tree behind it

Grow shade loving plants

There are several varieties of plants that thrive in shady environments. Ferns and hydrangeas are a few perennials that are perfect for planting in the shady area around tree trunks. Another option is to plant tulips and other spring bulbs that enjoy plenty of sun in the spring, but prefer to be shaded from intense sunlight in the warm summer months.

Build a deck

Building a deck or patio around your tree is another, more dramatic way to cover bare dirt and exposed tree roots. Your deck will also benefit from the shade provided by your tree. Expert tip: leave at least two feet of space between your deck and the tree’s trunk to allow your tree to continue to grow unharmed.

Add seating

Install a bench under your tree to create a sheltered area to sit and read. Or you can add a hammock for a shady place to take an afternoon nap. Adding seating is a functional way to landscape the area around your tree.


Use garden accents to make the area under your tree more attractive and to create a relaxing atmosphere. Include decorative pieces like birdbaths, birdhouses, statues or water features. Don’t forget to include solar lights and other sources of lighting. This way, your landscaping efforts can be enjoyed both day and night.

Use mulch

Mulch is truly multifunctional. It can be used to prevent weeds, fight pests, cover roots and help soil to retain moisture. It is best to use natural, non-dyed wood chip mulch. If you’re looking to purchase mulch and live in Calgary, look no further than ArborCare.

Landscaping in Calgary and Edmonton, and lawn care in Calgary

When it comes to landscape design, working with a professional is a great way to gain expert tips and prevent costly mistakes. At ArborCare, we provide a full range of lawn and tree care services. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to request a free estimate.

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