New Flower Bed - Knowledgebase Question

Huntingdon Valley, PA
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Question by tune9
September 26, 2000
Just moved in our home and at the front window in a 5x20 bed. That have dead small year around plants and chopper grass. I want to removed all its contents dirt and all; and replant something with year around shrubs that stand about 4 feet (for privacy) or seasonal flowering. I am a first time replanter. Where should I began?

Answer from NGA
September 26, 2000
Usually, rather than removing soil it is best to work with what is already there and improve it. However, to be sure, you would want to test it to find out how the pH and fertility measure up, then add any needed amendments based on the results of the tests. Your county extension should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results. Since the planting recommendation would depend to some extent on the type of soil, the amount of moisture, and the exposure or amount of sunlight, you might also ask them for suggestions as to shrubs that would be suitable for that particular spot. Good luck with your new home and planting project!

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