It's a beautiful tree but it's a pain to landscape around.
November 12, 2012 2:34 PM Subscribe
What sorts of things can I plant in my back yard that won't be ruined by Western red cedar needles?
posted by pdb to home & garden (5 answers total)
Our back yard doesn't have a whole lot of planting space - it's mostly deck. The area we have for planting is basically an L-shaped piece of ground, which actually is more 7-shaped when viewed from the deck. They are currently bare dirt, and I'd like to be able to plant something there. There are two very complicating factors, though, both of which are related. Our backyard is dominated by a massive, decades-old Western red cedar tree, which blocks about 99% of the light from, and drops highly acidic, non-biodegrading needles all over, the area in which I'd like to plant things.
I was hoping the hivemind could help me come up with things to plant in this space. At this point, I'm not concerned with what - it could be edible things, it could be decorative, I'm not really bothered. My main concern is that whatever is planted needs to be able to grow in the shade and to be able to survive a regular accumulation of cedar needle droppings.
The space is about four feet wide and the short arm of the L is probably about 20 feet long; the long arm of the L is about 50 feet long, but I'm probably only going to plant in the 25 feet that are immediately next to the other arm of the L, as the last 25 feet are next to the house and there's no windows or access on that side, so I'll probably just gravel that over or something.
There were rosebushes there when we moved in, but I'm not crazy about roses and removed them, so I probably wouldn't want to plant those; anything else is fair game, though.