I have a very old oak tree in my yard. It was there long before we built our home next to it. I have a little area in the sun but a few feet from this tree. When I first dug in the soil I noticed a lot of roots but thought I did a good job on preparing the soil. Now anything I plant there doesn’t grow. It does stay alive, it is green but doesn’t grow. Only a few flowers actually get blooms. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get around this problem? I’m about to throw in the towel and put some sort of fountain in this area instead.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.