japanese maples in sandy soil?

bhawkins(8A Dallas)November 23, 2007

i just planted a red emporer next to my 5 year old house here in dallas. as i started digging i was expecting the typical akaline, caliche, rock hard soil. but apparently the builder used a sandy soil, orange-red, as fill around this part of the house. took me 30 seconds to dig the hole, i could have dug it without a shovel after breaking through the grass. this orange-red-sandy soil extends down about 18 inches, where the typical akaline/caliche soil starts.

i see many japanese maples here, but i dont know how they will do in sand. any ideas?

thanks,

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Depends on what specific characteristics of that sandy soil are. Otherwise, would be expected to appreciate added drainage involved, if not too droughty.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2007 at 6:38PM
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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

The red sandy soil has some clay in it.It's called cushion sand. Just mulch and you will be fine. It is like that over here too. Lets just say you're lucky to have that much cushion sand. Mine is pretty shallow and I have to dig into caliche soil which isn't very fun.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2007 at 3:21PM
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