Amending Soil Around Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Springfield, MO
Question by jhenry90
March 17, 2001
We have heavy clay soil that I am trying to amend with annual applications of sand and compost. I'm afraid to do much tilling, however, because of all the bulbs, ground cover, and perennials that have already been planted. The sand tends to "float" on top. I would really like to help get better drainage so my peonies will quit turning black, and I would like to be able to grow delphiniums. Will what I'm doing eventually pay off, or do I need to dig everything up, add top soil, and start over? By the way, I really like the anniversary mug I got with my order. I think it's beautiful and its nice and big!


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Answer from NGA
March 17, 2001

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concerned about "blackening" peonies, as this could be a disease rather than strictly a soil structure-based problem -- although it could be a problem that lives on in soil. You might want to consult with them specifically about that as well.





concerned about "blackening" peonies, as this could be a disease rather than strictly a soil structure-based problem -- although it could be a problem that lives on in soil. You might want to consult with them specifically about that as well.





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