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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:30 pm 
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One side of my house has 8 hrs. of sun. What would I be able to plant in this area that would survive? I want them to be on the dwarf side? and have some color.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:27 am 
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What do you consider 'dwarf size'? There are so many..too many to list. Look into native texas plants for sure. Most types of Salvia would have no trouble with that much sun. I have more than that in my backyard and have most native plants. Grasses would look lovely as well. You still need to work on the soil, where you plant them, and you will need to water them every few days for the first few months, then sparingly thereafter.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:52 pm 
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:D Thank you Sandi: A gardner at Walmart suggested dwarf Crape Myrtles and mentioned that my wandering jew plants would not take the hot sun all day. I am from New England and find the clay soil here in Speegleville difficult to grow anything but weeds. And now the grasshoppers are devastating my Rose of Sharon bushes. I have put DE on the leaves of the Rose of Sharon as well as white flour. Temporarily works. Also, using 10% vinegar w/orange oil and a dab of dish detergent has not worked. For 8 years I have tried this and I feel it has been a waste of my time and money. Give me New England DIRT anytime. :) :) :) :) :) Dona


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:06 am 
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Surround WP works, it is kind of like a slurry of clay that coats (paints!) plants in your garden. (It does come in a large bag and for a small yard will be a lifetime supply. It's about about $65 for 25 pounds.) We had that odd week of rain in July that washed it off in my yard, but it was working and I am going to reapply it where I need to still repel the grasshoppers. They are huge and numerous this year!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:24 pm 
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You should not be planting directly in the clay. You need to amend the native soil with compost and expanded shale, at the very least. That will help break up the clay....and why are you asking someone at Walmart for gardening suggestions? There's a whole world here of professionals that can help.

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Northwesterner: Surround WP. What is this?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:18 pm 
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Sandi: Thanks. What is shale? I think I will give up on this Texas gardening.


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Why give up when you are just getting started. No one said it wold be easy.

Expanded Shale or Haydite is a clay product that is heated in a rotary kiln until it becomes a ceramic aggregate. Most Expanded Shale is sized to 3/8 inches and is grey in color. It can absorb about 20% of its weight in water, yet because it is angular in shape it also improves drainage and air circulation when used in horticultural mixes.

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