Problem Growing Grass Under Crabapple Trees
By: Julie Day
For the past few years, we’ve been having trouble getting grass to grow under our flowering crabapple tree. Is it emitting something that kills the grass? What can we do? – Jean
Crabapples aren’t known for emitting any particular chemical that kills grass. It can still be a challenge to get lawn grass to thrive underneath them for several reasons:
- Acidic Soil: Crabapples prefer slightly acidic soil, so if your tree is really happy, chances are the soil underneath is naturally more acidic. Do a soil test to make sure, then look for lawn grasses compatible with your soil type.
If grass just won’t grow under your crabapple, consider digging up the area and creating an annual or perennial flower bed. Perennials in particular will be less vulnerable to falling petals and fruit underneath your tree.