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Creating The Perfect Soil

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Creating The Perfect Soil

Postby xkrfan » May 19, 2008 8:18 pm

Hi........new member with a question. I'm looking to plant 2 shrubs up at the cottage next week. problem is the soil is very sandy. Over the years I have been dumping leaves in the back 40 and yesterday walked out and dug down a bit to find a nice black compost substance. So I think I'm pretty clever and i will mix this with sandy soil and it should work? Question is what ratio of compost / sandy soil should I use. It is actually closer to sand than sandy soil. I've had some luck with perennials in the past by just digging holes in the stuff and filling with a planting mixture and some triple mix. These shrubs are coppertina and black lace so will eventually grow quite large. How big an area should i dig to fill with my compost/sandy soil mixture? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Postby Ian » May 21, 2008 7:13 am

I would put at least 1/2 to 3/4 compost to sand. Since you have pure sand, the planting area should be fairly large.
The main thing to keep in mind is to always add a good layer of compost on top in following years to stop the soil below from reverting back to sand.

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