How to grow in clay! - Knowledgebase Question

Aurora, Co
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Question by vruppe
July 1, 2010

I've lived at my current house in CO for 3 years now. I tried to grow Conifer Green Giant trees for a privacy fence. They died after much watering and in about 2 years they grew maybe a foot. I'm wondering what I could do to grow trees in clay/bentonite soil. Do I need to use an outside source soil?

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010
I don't think it's practical to try and amend your soil to grow trees and large shrubs. I think the best approach is to choose trees native to your region. These grow well in native soil and will tolerate climatic changes without skipping a beat. Colorado State University Cooperative Extension has a publication listing the best native trees and shrubs. Here's the website:

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