The Q&A Archives: Removing Shrubs and planting soils

Question: I am removing some shrubs from out front my house, so that we may begin to plant some beautiful flowers. The area is roughly 10 x 25 and right above is my living room bay window. We would like to have a beautiful set up and i know the foundation we be the most important phase. I have purchased 10 bags of mulch, 2 bags of soil conditioner, 1 bag of peat moss, a roll of filter screen and some pvc piping, all on the word of my ex-boss who does a little gardening. The gentlemen who cuts my lawn is coming Saturday to begin the work. Do you have any ideas for me or some suggestions. Help please I am new at gardening but would like to make it a hobby.
Thank you

Answer: It sounds as though your ex-boss has had some experience with drainage problems and has given you a supply list for making a curtain drain beneath your planter. If the PVC pipe is perforated, lay it in a trench at the bottom of your planter and cover it with filter screen. Then mix the amendments together and add this mixture to your native soil to help it drain well. The organic amendments will also supply nutrients to the roots of your plants as it continues to decompose. Once you have refilled the planter, dig holes for the plants of your choice. Be sure to water everything in well after planting. Best wishes with your project!

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