Flower planting - Knowledgebase Question

Question by janebjornsta
September 17, 2008
How do I prepare my soil to plant my flowers? I'm a new home owner!

Answer from NGA
September 17, 2008


Congratulations on your new home and your new garden. To prepare your soil for planting, you'll want to incorporate some organic matter to help loosen the soil. I usually spread 4-5" of organic matter such as compost, peat moss, aged-manure, or shredded leaves over the top of the bed and dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Then plant your annuals and perennials. After planting, cover the bare soil with additional organic matter. A 2-3" mulch will help suppress weeds, slow water evaporation and moderate soil temperatures. In the spring you can dig the organic matter into the soil and add a fresh layer on top. A few years of incorporating organic matter will turn your dirt into rich garden loam. Your plants will thrive.


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