The Q&A Archives: Landscaping around Red-tip Photinia

Question: We have a 20' hedge of Red-tip Photinia along the right side of our front yard. This side of our yard had a 4' decline. We had a retaining wall built, and have put landscape dirt in the yard. The problem is, about half of the Red-tip Photinia's are about two feet lower than the rest of the yard now. Question is if we cover the bottoms of these plants with dirt 18

Answer: A few inches of soil wouldn't hurt them but 18 inches will surely suffocate the roots. You may have to dig the shrubs, shore up the area, add a retaining wall, refill the planting area and then replant your photinias. I can't think of another way to save the plants and still raise the soil level and keep it from eroding further. Best wishes with your project!

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