Lawn improvements - Knowledgebase Question

El Paso, TX (Zone 8B)
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Question by excellency23
May 1, 2007
This is the first time my husband I have had to start a lawn from scratch. We just moved here to El Paso and are trying to create a lawn that's functional for us (we have 2 young children)and has curb appeal. We're looking at planting Red Tip Photinia's and some different Hydrangea's and my questions are: 1. How far down do you dig to plant a tree/bush and 2. Are these good plants to plant for this region 3. Is it too late to plant now and 4. What are some other different plants, shrubs, flowers that we could plant and grow well in this region? We'd like to get away from the usual cactus landscaping (plus they're not child friendly at all!) Thank you for your help.

Answer from NGA
May 1, 2007

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

To plant a tree or bush dig down only as deep as the plant's root ball in the container but about 2-3 times that wide.

I would not plant hydrangea there. Contact your local El Paso County Extension Office at the following address or phone for free information on locally adapted plants.

Texas Cooperative Extension, El Paso County
190 San Elizario Road
P.O. Box 929
Clint, TX 79836
(915) 851-2515
(915) 851-5312 FAX
E-mail: [email protected]

You can plant now but you'll need to be extra careful to keep their root systems moist in the heat so they can survive.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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