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Hamwild
Feb 15, 2018 2:31 PM CST
Hi folks,
I'm doing some brainstorming for landscaping our yard and I wanted to get the opinion from folks that are familiar with clay and landscaping with it. The area I'm looking at changing stays pretty moist and soggy (soggy the further you go to one side; I dug up some monkey grass in this area and there was a swimming pool underneath!). I don't know the soil pH (is that important?), but considering it is clay, I think clay is alkaline?

I was reading that wax myrtle can take full sun/part sun and dry/wet conditions. The area gets mainly afternoon sun, but some mid-day sun. I'm looking at a dwarf cultivar because it is right in front of the house and I don't want 10-20 feet bushes!

Does a dwarf wax myrtle sound okay for this area or do you recommend something else?

Thanks!
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porkpal
Feb 15, 2018 2:37 PM CST
I am not familiar with the dwarf variety, but wax myrtle is a very tough and versatile plant - at least around here.
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Hamwild
Feb 15, 2018 3:05 PM CST
Thank You! I definitely need some versatile. I think half of my thumb is black when it comes to outdoor plants!
Name: stone
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stone
Feb 16, 2018 8:02 AM CST

Agree that wax myrtle is an excellent choice...
Afternoon sun is going to be a very difficult condition to match garden plants to here in the deep south.

Clay is wonderful stuff, holds moisture and nutrients.
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Hamwild
Feb 16, 2018 11:28 AM CST
Another Georgian! I tip my hat to you.

Thank You!
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ardesia
Feb 16, 2018 11:50 AM CST
I am near the Georgia line, Rolling my eyes. , and find wax myrtles a terrible thug. Around here (we are not far from Savannah) they spread by both runners and seeds which are spread by the birds. The only chemical I use in my garden is Round Up and it is precisely for the thousands of young wax myrtles I have to deal with. A heavy layer of mulch, even with cardboard underneath does not help. I know it is a valuable native plant but I say enough is enough. I suspect I have the perfect conditions for it - poor, salty, marshy soil - and maybe that is why others do not experience the same problem. Just be cautious, sometimes a good thing is too good. If you are in the red clay part of GA you might not have this issue.
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Hamwild
Feb 16, 2018 1:56 PM CST
Thank You! I am definitely in the red clay part. Which is sort of a blessing and a curse it seems! I have read that only the females produce berries.... Maybe I need to find some males! Lol
Name: stone
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stone
Feb 16, 2018 3:48 PM CST
ardesia said:I am near the Georgia line, and find wax myrtles a terrible thug.
Around here (we are not far from Savannah) they spread by both runners and seeds which are spread by the birds.

The only chemical I use in my garden is Round Up and it is precisely for the thousands of young wax myrtles I have to deal with.


Bite your tongue!!!

I wish I had your trouble!!!

I had a meadow full of wax myrtle at my previous house... Absolutely loved it....
I used the leaves in my cooking, the berries attracted songbirds, and the bushes were thick enough to afford protection to the babies when the birds built nests in the wax myrtle....

On top of that....
Wax myrtle is supposed to discourage mosquitoes!

In the present garden... I plant it and plant it...stupid voles kill it as quick as I bring it in.

Last winter I brought in a bunch of berry laden branches that I trimmed in town... Saw birds eating berries... Fingers crossed.

Any one with red clay is blessed.
Best soil in the state!
I have white sand... Goes all the way down.
Try gardening in that.

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ardesia
Feb 16, 2018 5:05 PM CST
LOL, when I said thousands I really meant it. Please come and dig all you want, I like to see the house once in a while and these plants will swallow it if I can't keep after them.

As to the mosquito repelling properties that is surely just a myth, we have an abundance of them too.

Just to calm you, I will never be rid of the many, many mature wax myrtles on our property. They are everywhere and usually chock full of Cardinals.

Couldn't you put a heavy layer of Permatill under and around the root ball of a WM to prevent the voles from getting to the roots? I do not have voles here but I use Permatill for other things and I know the bag says it is for discouraging voles.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: stone
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stone
Feb 19, 2018 8:39 AM CST
ardesia said:LOL, when I said thousands I really meant it. Please come and dig all you want...

Couldn't you put a heavy layer of Permatill under and around the root ball of a WM to prevent the voles from getting to the roots? I do not have voles here but I use Permatill for other things and I know the bag says it is for discouraging voles.


Am familiar with permatill, used it in town, clay soil, armadillo issues...

Good enough product if you could get it by the truckload... By the bag? Forget it. Not to mention... I can't stand the extreme drainage I already have... Compound the drainage? I'd never get anything to grow!

With all those seedlings... Time to go into business...
You ought to be able to offer them at yard sales, and master gardening meetings and the like....

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