drainage - Knowledgebase Question

brandon, Fl
Question by ebrowni1
April 20, 2010
should I use styrofoam beads to increase drainage in my flower beds or some other product?

Answer from NGA
April 20, 2010


Don't use styrofoam in your flower beds. They will eventually float to the top and you'll have a terrible time trying to get rid of them! To increase drainage, incorporate some compost or other organic matter into the beds prior to planting. Organic matter will loosen the soil, help it drain well and nourish the roots of your plants. Spread 3-4 inches over the top of the bed and dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches then level the soil and dig holes to plant your plants. Cover over the bare soil between the plants with another 2-3 inches of compost to help suppress weeds.

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