The Q&A Archives: texas sage tree and root rot

Questioner's Location: Winter Haven, Fl
Date: December 19, 2009

Question: Hello,Will be planting Texas Sage trees in zone 9 Florida. There are times when it rains a lot. Do I need raised beds to prevent root rot, Texas sage needs well drained soil. Thanks Billie

Answer: You are correct, Texas sage needs good drainage. Soil that remains soggy for extended periods of time can cause root rot. I'd build a mound and plant the tree on top. The mound doesn't have to be very high, maybe two feet, and you can gradually taper it from the center to the edges. I made kidney shaped raised beds in my yard to facilitate good drainage and planted small shrubs and perennials on them. They are a focal point in the yard. You might do the same thing for your Texas sage. Good luck with your new tree!

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