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laneygarden

Zone 9a, NE Florida - @laneymg on Insta

Lagerstroemia indica 'Tuscarora'

  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2019
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laneygarden

A little #vinegar and water spray over a couple of days and the #powderymildew is nearly gone on my #CrepeMyrtle.

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maldavis

Laney, amend your sandy soil that does not hold moisture by doing the following. Lowes 'top soil' Evergreen, about $1.59 per bag and mix 3 each to one bag of Black Kow. Mix with your sandy soil about shovel depth. Cover new plants with pine straw. You'll be amazed

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laneygarden

@maldavis Thanks for the tips!! I don’t know that I have sandy soil because I don’t have an issue with it not holding moisture, but the opposite. The ground here seems to always be a little wet... very swampy here. I think sandy soil is what’s most common around here though. How can I find out what kind of soil I have? I’d describe it as mud!

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maldavis

Put some in a clay pot, let it dry out, then pour water into it and see how fast it drains out. Super fast or too slow is not good. Based on what you're describing, mud; the same mixture works well. Their top soil is really more like ground-up mulch, which will allow plant roots to breathe and the Black Kow has the right concentrations of nitrogen that won't burn up tender roots.

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laneygarden

Okay, that sounds like a good plan! Thank you so much @maldavis. I just want to know where to begin with amending. And I always assumed a forest floor (my yard, essentially) would have great soil with so much decomposing organic matter but mine is troublesome. Tell me the name of the organic gardening group you mentioned before. I would love to find that here.

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  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2019
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laneygarden

Is this #powderymildew? #crepemyrtle #florida #9a

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maldavis

Yes.

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laneygarden

Crepe Myrtle growth

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