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tree rings

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by clcare2, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 224

    I have a customer that has about 120 tree rings that are 12 foot in diameter and she would klike to plant something in them to break up the bare look of the rings.

    Any suggestions??? I am trying to stay away from any ground cover.
  2. chris638

    chris638 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    Use different types of perennials for each circle. Daylily, Coreopsis, Hosta...
    Or you can fill them with wave petunias in the spring and that would look really sharp, but expensive to do every year.
  3. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    How about Hostas. Are the trees roots close to the surface? If so, a spreading plant will do best because you will most likely not be able to plant at regular intervals.

  4. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 224

    she's tired of hostas. looking for a lttle more color.
    Annuals have been mentioned but good grief, I think I would have to kill myself after planting that many annuals.

    There is pretty much a blank check but, even if I only do 5 plants per tree that is 600 plants. Plus the maintenance to keep them up is a factor. Even hostas have to cut down at the end of the year.

    TJLANDS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,668

    Depends on what kind of trees, but I like the Hostas and the Daylilys.
    There are several re-blooming daylilys other than the Stella's to give you different colors and full season color.
    Maintenance should be a non issue, other than making you more $.
  6. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    What kind of trees? (root systems) Makes a huge difference.
  7. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    Thats the same question I was going to ask, and how much planting room per tree. Any annual planting is going to be a pita with the maintenance. You ever thing about some 1 gal azaela's, Japanese Blood Grass because of it deep rain color, or mushy grass.....There are some low mtce ground cover plants with color, but if I were you I would just go to a local nursey and just take a look at your options, and get some recommendations......a good nursey will have very helpful and experience employees......I see all you east coast guys seem to be calling it a year??? We still have leaves on every tree here. We havent even started leaf pick-up yet, even though the storm and the cold and very windy weather we have had over the last 24 should help get a lot of leaves on the ground and put us in the holiday crunch to have all propertys cleaned and leave free......:hammerhead: :hammerhead: ......Guess we will see.....
  8. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 224


    Daylillies and hostas are completely played out on this property.

    I just did a huge landscape remodel and all new plants were hand picked by the home owner and are not what you usually see in a "normal" get in and get out install. I think that the home owner is burned out on ideas though and she asked for ideas on trhe tree rings.

    The trees are about one foot ion diameter and the rings are 6 foot out from the trunk leaving around a 12 foot diameter +/-.
  9. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    Why not eliminate the tree rings and install lawn?
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    At least shrink the rings and/or go with creeping arbortitaes or some other shade tolerant prostrate shrub with shiny leaves and berries.
    Perhaps add some topsoil away from the trunk so as to not plant directly into the roots of the tree.

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