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Cedar Trees and Grass #811857

Asked September 22, 2022, 4:46 PM EDT

I have an area that needs to have grass because of my children. The issue is that the area currently has cedar trees. What are my options?

Clackamas County Oregon

Expert Response

Thank you for your question, Nikki.  Unfortunately, large cedar trees (and most other evergreen species) are really incompatible with turf grass.  Both need lots of sun and water, and the trees block sun from reaching the ground.  And evergreens are notorious for soaking up all the ground water.
OSU has been developing some "ecolawns" that contain mixes of ground covers including mosses and non-turf grass species.  You can read about them here: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/techniques/ecolawn-less-work-water    They are available in many garden centers.   
You can also find a list of recommended groundcovers for the Pacific Northwest at the end of this article:  https://www.nwcb.wa.gov/groundcover-alternatives-for-western-wa#altlist
Some of these won't work with active children, but a few might.  Good luck!
Kristena LaMar Replied September 22, 2022, 6:11 PM EDT

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