The Q&A Archives: What grows in sandy soil?

Question: My husband and I are building our own home in Eure, NC (Gates County). We have 5.6 wooded acres and the back acre of the property is an actual swamp. Unfortunately, we had to clear an acre of evergreen trees for construction at the road frontage. The front acre of our property is now naked and one large sandbox. We have lots of evergreens from the cleared acre back to the swamp on the property, but they don't look like fast growing trees. Before we cleared the acre, I did see some cactus. What types of fast growing trees and shrubs will grow in sandy soil so our property doesn't look so naked? We dug a hole about 3 to 4 feet deep and still found sand. We would like something fast growing so we can have some privacy, but still have strong roots in sand. We will also have a septic system and well on the property so we need foliage that can live with less water once established. Does anyone have any suggestions? I hope I am not asking for the impossible. I greatly appreciate any help you can offer. Thanks-Mary


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