The Q&A Archives: Preparing

Question: We recently moved, and the former residents of our new home appear to have spread dog manure and then mulch over every existing garden/landscaping spot in the yard. Can I plant flowers or vegetables in this, or do we have a problem here?


Answer: First thing I would suggest is removing the dog manure. Dog manure can contain pathogens.

For this reason I would be hesitant to plant vegetables now where the dog manure has been sitting; I would wait for at least a year. Ornamental plants however should be fine.

The mulch can be raked aside and re-used around ornamental plants. Again, I would use fresh mulch around vegetable plants.

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by Char and is called "'Diamond Head' Sunrise"