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Paula
Garden under 10yo Bismarck palm needs redoing. Advice please on underplant suggestions, prep and care?

Corner garrden bed 2m x 2m with Bismarck palm central.
Bismarck fronds now higher than house.
Area - Sunshine Coast. Soil - dry and poor quality. Drainage - ok
Can I pull out the miniature bamboo currently circling the palm, improve the soil and plant something with thicker, lush green leaves (?suggestions please) without risking the tree.
Do I dig up the soil and replace with better quality?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Submitted: 04:46AM, 22 Sep 2017
Answer: Hi Paula,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

There are many choices that you have when planting out under such a large palm. It will all depend on the amount of sun the area receives during the day and how much water is available to the area as well.

With palms they do like limited water so selecting understory plants that have the same watering requirements is key. Look at plants such as the Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica). This variety can handle the part shaded areas or full sun.

If you are going to plant out the area, it is best to remove any unwanted plants and try to build the soil up a bit to try not to disturb the roots. Adding in some organic matter such as compost, garden soil and Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver and Plant Fertiliser is vital to the success of the new plantings.

Happy gardening!

Kind regards

Stephanie
Yates Horticulturalist

Answered: 01:12PM, 22 Sep 2017

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