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steelersfan
Jul 2, 2018 8:16 AM CST
Hello Everyone! Thank you in advance for your help. I'm a newbie to anything gardening and planting.

I reside in a cookie-cutter community where the properties are close to 1/2 acres. I have a fenced in yard where my two dogs would free use (bathroom). I would like to plant a blueberry and raspberry tree, but unsure if I need to do any remediation to the soil because of my dogs. Or, does would my soil be considered contaminated to bare edible fruit?

Again, thank you for your advice!
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kqcrna
Jul 8, 2018 4:44 AM CST
Hi, from another Steeler fan Smiling

I'm no expert so that this opinion for what it's worth. I'd add some well aged compost where you intend to grow edibles, and place small fences around those areas to keep the dogs out of those areas. It will prevent the dogs from eating the food, too.

Karen
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sallyg
Sep 2, 2018 6:28 AM CST
I agree, the past is not a huge concern but you probably want to stop dogs messing on actively growing edibles. Of course, you do pick up all the solid waste every day already.... (sorry, pet peeve)

Read more about the plants. Blueberry it is highly recommended to have at least two bushes. Raspberry is not a tree, it is a thorny suckering plant that requires maintenance.
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Dirtmechanic
Oct 5, 2018 10:37 PM CST
Both the blueberry and raspberry will prefer a lower ph soil so you need to check that out. I usually use some sulfphur, which dogs might not care to smell. My wife puts pine straw under them but that is mainly for weeds and appearance sake. Full sun for both. They do not want it too wet either.

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