DIRT - Knowledgebase Question

Detroit, MI (Zone 5B)
Question by kjohnson4
August 5, 2005
I PUT BROWN DIRT DOWN IN MY FLOWER BED AND I NOTICE MY PERENNIAL FLOWERS DID NOT COME UP THIS YEAR, SOMEONE SAID THE DIRT MUST HAVE BEEN CLAY/HARD DIRT. COULD YOU TELL ME DOES THE KIND OF DIRT EFFECT THE GROWTH OF FLOWERS AND WHAT I CAN DO TO REMEDY THIS PPROBLEM


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Answer from NGA
August 5, 2005

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If you put down a heavy clay "dirt" as opposed to a loose garden soil with lots of organic matter, it could inhibit seed germination or the ability of plant shoots to come through, depending on how thick a layer it was. If you want to add soil over the top of a bed, I suggest you use compost, which is light, organically-rich and good for soil improvement over the long-term. At the end of the growing season, you could also layer some dried leaves, mulch, manure or other organic matter, which will start to decompose until planting next season.

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