Soil type for Crape Myrtles - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by rogerbh
October 6, 2010
We plan on planting three 30gallon Crape myrtle trees this coming weekend (Dynamite, Natchez and Tuscarora). We have dug the holes (twice the width and same depth as the plants). The soil we dug out was full of limestone, rocks and clay and very difficult to dig. We discarded this soil due to all the rock and would like to put a good soil mix once we plant the trees. Can you suggest what's best.Tx

Answer from NGA
October 6, 2010
You can purchase topsoil either in bulk or pre-packaged. Topsoil is usually a 3-way mix, consisting of garden soil, sand and organic matter. The sand will ensure good drainage and the organic matter will release nutrients to help feed the roots of your new trees. After setting the trees in the holes, making sure they will be resting at the same soil level as they were in the nursery containers, backfill with the topsoil, gently tamping it down as you fill in around the sides. After firming the soil around the tree, water slowly and deeply to help settle the soil. Best wishes with your new trees!

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