The Q&A Archives: Shrubs

Question: I have a large dog who likes to dig. so I want to have a row of shrub for barrier purposes with a gate in the middle, to keep him out of my garden. Ever green which grows to about 3 foot in height. My soil is not great. Yellowish brown clay pools every time it rains. I mean to have 3

Answer: Most evergreens prefer an evenly moist but well drained soil so would not do well in the location as you described it. The small leafed evergreen Ilex glabra or inkberry holly might work for you. It can be kept pruned or sheared to three or four feet tall. Another option, although deciduous, might be the shrub dogwoods such as Cornus sericea or Cornus alba. These twig dogwoods are cut back very hard every fall or spring and can thus be kept to a fairly short height, and they will grow in clay soil on the wet side. Your Cornell extension may also have some suggestions.

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