Landscaping around Red-tip Photinia - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by murralis
March 20, 2009
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 from NGA
March 20, 2009
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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