What do you suggest planting around 6 ft. columns - Knowledgebase Question

Wadmalaw Island, SC
Question by fvcollins
July 9, 2006
We just built stucco columns at the entrance to our driveway. They need some landscaping around them, but our irrigation system does not extend that far. What can I plant there that requires little water? Thanks!


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Answer from NGA
July 9, 2006

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If you want a formal look, you can plant Skyrocket Juniper, Thuja pyramidalis, or Fat Albert Spruces. All newly installed plants will need to be watered on a weekly basis until their roots are established and then periodic watering through the summer months, but an irrigation system isn't necessary. An easy way to do this is to build a watering basin beneath each plant. A water ring, sometimes called a water well, is a mound of compacted soil that is built around the circumference of a planting hole once a plant has been installed. The water ring helps to direct water to the outer edges of a planting hole, encouraging new roots to grow outward, in search of moisture. The height of the mound of soil will vary from a couple of inches for 3 gallon shrubs, to almost a foot for balled and burlapped trees, especially those planted on a slope. Mulch over the ring will help to further conserve moisture and prevent deterioration of the ring itself.

Best wishes with your new plants.

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