Shrubs, wet clay soil deer resistant

Asked May 29, 2019, 9:49 AM EDT

What plants grow in wet clay soil that are deer resistant?

Oakland County Michigan deer resistant plants clay soil

1 Response

Hello,

Only two from the combined list you can try- lilac, Russian sage( a shrubby perennial).The wet soil is a big problem even with these- consider building a raised bed ( or berm) in the area that is at least 12 inches deep, fill with your clay soil mixed with compost and plant in that.

Here are plant lists that give more options if you can get your soil to drain better by using the raised bed, changing the grade, or incorporating more organic matter to help it drain-

https://www.canr.msu.edu/uploads/resources/pdfs/deer-resistant_plants_for_homeowners_(e3042).pdf

https://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/handle/11299/51549/08464.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

https://extension.umaine.edu/gardening/manual/trees-shrubs-clay-soils/

I am including a discussion on how to improve drainage and plant in clay soil, should you need it-

https://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/clay.html

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