toxin in soil

Asked July 14, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT

how can we can soil tested if we think someone is adding toxin to the soil to kill a creep myrtle? the property is located in New York but we live here in Maryland. I brought some soil samples home with me thinking that there is some way to test for any toxin.

Anne Arundel County Maryland

1 Response

It is possible to test soils for toxins, but you would need to tell the lab exactly what toxins to test for and it is quite expensive.

Do we understand correctly that the crapemyrtle in question is planted in New York? What part of N.Y.? Check here for the hardiness zone, which is a listing of the areas by minimum winter temperatures: http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/weather/zones.html

Crape myrtles are generally only hardy through zones 6-9. Vast areas of New York are too cold to grow these plants well. Even in Maryland, when we have harsh winters, these plants may be killed back to the ground or killed outright, especially newly planted ones.

What variety was it? You should look at this page from the U.S. National Arboretum, which has introduced several varieties over the years with increased hardiness and ability to withstand colder winters: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/faqs/crapemyrtlefaq2.html
Even so, it is dicey that far north.

We hope this helps.
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