COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many landscapes have problem spots where nothing grows well or looks attractive, such as the area below a large tree with a dense leaf canopy.
The area beneath a tree receives relatively little light. This and the competitive root systems of many tree species create a problem for gardeners, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein
Fortunately, plants called groundcovers thrive in these shady areas. Groundcovers curb soil erosion and serve as an attractive solution to the problem of too much shade. Spring is an excellent time of the year to plant groundcovers, said Trinklein.