hydrangeas - Knowledgebase Question

cedartown, Ge
Question by redhairedgri
May 2, 2010
i want to plant a buh in my backyard.i have an area that says costantly moist due to the fact w have a pipe with our condenser runoff from our air condiotioner unit eaking in.nothing wll grow there do u thin a hydrangea would?the watr temp is prob 50 to 60 degrees.alo wuld we need to build upthe bed?i is very flat & uneven


Answer from NGA
May 2, 2010


Since the soil needs work anyway, why not install a curtain drain in the bed so the water has a place to go before it is absorbed into the soil? A curtain drain is simply a trench filled with gravel although you can also place a perforated pipe on the gravel (so the water has a place to go) and then cover the perforated pipe with more gravel. Then you can build up the soil in the bed and set your hydrangea on a mound or raised bed type planting area. This will keep the roots from sitting in too much moisture. Rose of Sharon is another shrub that will tolerate moist soils. Good luck with your project.

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