Improving Soil Around Headstone In Cemetary - Knowledgebase Question

Bayonne, NJ
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Question by PPost2469
December 13, 1997
How can we improve the soil at a headstone in a cemetary? We would like to plant flowers, but the soil is rocky red clay.

Answer from NGA
December 13, 1997
First of all, be sure to clear your plans with the cemetary caretaker. They may not let you disturb the soil very much. If they OK your plans, first remove large stones, then work some organic material, such as compost, into the planting area. After planting, feed the plants with a liquid such as a kelp mix or fish emulsion. If your plants are perennials, make sure they're planted where roots can't disturb headstones, as roots of some larger shrubs can.

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