My crotons in front of the house were not growing well. In fact, they looked like they were dying. So, I asked my yardman what type of fertilizer he recommended. He said, “These plants need top soil, not fertilizer. Surround each stem with top soil.”
So, in October 2015, we bought this bag of top soil. I poured it around each plant and used the hoe to spread it evenly. Then, I watered the soil thoroughly:
Here are the plants in April 2016. The black top soil surrounds each stem:
See the new green leaves? We used another bag of top soil in March, and I intend to keep adding more of it to the plants every five months.
The goal is for the crotons to grow as well as this one, which is located next to my mail box:
I like my yardman a lot. He always gives me good advice.