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  1. #1

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    sandstone soil, planting dawn redwood

    I am planting a dawn redwood tree about 2 feet tall. However, where I want to plant it has a ton of sandstone, some of it pretty thick. Is there any way to dissolve it using something? What should I do? Thanks!

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    Oak
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    RE: sandstone soil, planting dawn redwood

    Don't worry too too much. Just plant it, keep it watered, and see if it grows.

    I love my metasequoia, but its going to be a big tree. Preparing a whole front yard for this kind of tree is a lot different than getting a flower bed ready for some impatiens!

    Short of hauling in a pick up truck load of dirt every day after work for a month there's nothing I can do to change the soil type of a large enough area of my front yard to please a tree that needs its roots to spread twenty or forty feet all around.

    Lets say you make a perfect 5x5 foot micro climate in your dirt for the tree. Five or teen years from now that space won't be large enough to keep it alive and the tree will die. By then you'll be attached to it like I get to my trees, and you'll be "Five years in the hole" for getting something growing there.
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

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