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grass under Magnolia trees

How can I get grass to grow under my Magnolia trees? They are located on the east side of our house and right by the back door. This is a heavy traffic area. We have lots of kids and three Scotty dogs! I am very stressed.

Backyard Expert - Cathy Nordstrum

No more stress! From what you described, grass doesn't have a prayer under your Magnolias. Select a mulch or gravel that will look nice and of course it won't have to be mowed! Pea gravel would be best I think since it will prevent muddy feet and paws from making their way inside (Stress...). To add a rustic look, make a border of rough cedar logs around the edge of the gravel. If you prefer a tidy look, use bricks, rock or pavers.

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