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Old 10-15-2010, 09:21 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

I want to plant an October Glory Red Maple in my front yard. I live in the Euless/Bedford area.

I've read that many parts of the metroplex have highly alkaline soils, and Red Maples prefer acidic soils. However, I currently have 3 giant crepe myrtles in my yard (which I read also prefer acidic soil), that are doing beautifully.

So, I'm just curious if any of you happen to know if the Mid Cities area has a higher acid content in its soil, or if you've had any luck with the October Glory Red Maples in this area. I do understand it needs to be tested for pH; I just wanted to see if anyone knew anything or had any experience they could share.

I'm still pretty new at gardening, so any advice is welcome. The soil is a red clay.

Thank you!!
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Old 10-15-2010, 10:33 PM
 
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Try the Texas Gardening Forum. Many knowledgable Metroplex gardeners there!

Gardening in Texas - GardenWeb
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:05 PM
 
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There are many universities that will test your soil for a small fee. I scooped up about 2 cups of soil and mailed it in with a $10 check...they mailed me the results about a week later. Not just pH, they test for minerals too.
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:49 AM
 
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Calloways' does soil testing as well--there is one on Grapevine Hwy just north of Lowe's and Precinct Line (in case you did not know)...the Foreman's store on the 121 access road between Euless and Grapevine might as well...
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Old 10-16-2010, 11:59 AM
 
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I think that is a really big tree at maturity (which does take couple of decades)
do you have the room where you will plant it?
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Old 10-16-2010, 10:19 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies, everyone!

loves2read, I do have the room. I've been researching non-stop for trees to put in the front yard. My house faces west, so I want something that will eventually become a nice shade tree. I was debating between a maple and an oak, both of which seem to do well in my neighborhood. I just can't quite tell yet if they are red maples/oaks because they haven't really had a chance to start changing, hence the question. There are some massive trees that are some 40 and 50 feet tall, which is the mature height for the red maples I'm looking at. Fortunately, there are 3 huge maples in similar yards that I've been able to look at. No power lines or anything to worry about, so I feel good that there is enough room.
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Old 11-06-2010, 12:48 AM
 
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I planted a $30 October Glory from Lowes 2 years ago in my back yard, as well as a Crimson King purple maple. While the Crimson King turned into Crispy Krud after the first summer, I must say I am impressed with the speed at which the Glory is growing. Last year it had a beautiful display of striking red, while this year it is more red/brown so far with increased yellows - it will be different every year depending on the weather.

I fertilize every 3-4 months, and the tree has at least doubled in size from its original 8 foot height; I have noticed about 5 feet this growing season alone when gauged against my neighbor's play set (sweet privacy here we come!). Very dense foliage as well. The live oaks are not growing nearly as fast as the maple, but they do provide screening year round if that is what you need. Deciduous trees are ideal for west exposures, as they allow sun warming in the winter to lower heating costs (evergreens are suggested for northern exposures to cut wind intrusion). If you do get the October Glory, I would also suggest a Caddo Maple - which will turn a brilliant yellow in the fall - to complement the October Glory for a spectacular autumn show...
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