I have a fruitless mulberry shading my backyard that is probably 25+ years old. It's still in good health (Bartlett has checked it out for me), but I know that mulberry's don't live long. I love my shade garden, and would like to get another tree established so that when the mulberry begins to die, I'll have another shade tree coming along. Is it possible to under plant the mulberry with a young oak?

The simple answer is yes, you can plant an oak under the canopy of the mulberry. I would still recommend planting it towards the edge of the drip line. This will make sure it's not completely shaded out and help keep it safer when the mulberry is finally removed. It probably would be a good idea to open the canopy slightly just above the new tree.

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