The Q&A Archives: What do you suggest planting around 6 ft. columns

Question: We just built stucco columns at the entrance to our driveway. They need some landscaping around them, but our irrigation system does not extend that far. What can I plant there that requires little water? Thanks!

Answer: If you want a formal look, you can plant Skyrocket Juniper, Thuja pyramidalis, or Fat Albert Spruces. All newly installed plants will need to be watered on a weekly basis until their roots are established and then periodic watering through the summer months, but an irrigation system isn't necessary. An easy way to do this is to build a watering basin beneath each plant. A water ring, sometimes called a water well, is a mound of compacted soil that is built around the circumference of a planting hole once a plant has been installed. The water ring helps to direct water to the outer edges of a planting hole, encouraging new roots to grow outward, in search of moisture. The height of the mound of soil will vary from a couple of inches for 3 gallon shrubs, to almost a foot for balled and burlapped trees, especially those planted on a slope. Mulch over the ring will help to further conserve moisture and prevent deterioration of the ring itself.

Best wishes with your new plants.

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