Planting under a pine tree in a sunny spot

Asked September 10, 2016, 1:04 PM EDT

Seeking ideas for ground cover or grass that will thrive under a pine tree in an area that gets plenty of sun. The tree is a large older pine with long branches, and the lowest branches are 15 to 20 feet from the ground. The tree is located in our front yard, which has southern exposure, and the lawn beneath the tree receives full sun most of the day. The issue is that grass does not survive in the area directly beneath the ends of the branches, 6 to 8 feet from the trunk of the tree. However, the portion of the lawn located nearer the trunk of the tree does OK. Any suggestions? Thank you

Ramsey County Minnesota groundcovers planting under a tree horticulture

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See Page 16 if this document:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/best-plants-for-tough-sites/docs/08464-c...

And more ideas here:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/landscaping/planting-under-trees/doc/8237pdf.pdf

Sometimes the best solution is to maintain a permanent plant-free mulch under the tree's canopy. Some kinds of pine trees drop enough needles annually to provide most or all of the mulch that's needed to accomplish that.