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Soil and Composting: Don't add amendments to soil when planting trees or shrubs.

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Seedfork
Enterprise, AL
(Zone 8b)

March 10, 2013
3:25 PM

Post #9445034

This is not new information but I was not aware of it till a few months ago, so I thought I would post a link here. The article in short is saying when planting woody perennials(trees and shrubs) not to amend the soil, but instead to use mulch on top.
http://www.sustainablehorticulture.com/myth-soil_amendments.pdf

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 11, 2013
9:09 AM

Post #9445791

Seedfork - I like watching "This Old House" and was surprised when they said the same thing.
back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 12, 2013
10:59 AM

Post #9447009

I read a few interesting posts by Linda Chalker-Scott, one of the Garden Professors, regarding planting trees. She wants the trees roots in native soil. Here's a link to one such post.

https://sharepoint.cahnrs.wsu.edu/blogs/urbanhort/archive/2011/10/11/opening-up-a-can-of-roots-or-worms-as-the-case-may-be.aspx#postComments

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2013
8:19 AM

Post #9447944

back40bean - your link did not work for me, but this one might. Go down the page to root balls #1 and #2 under Planting techiques.

http://www.puyallup.wsu.edu/~linda%20chalker-scott/Horticultural%20Myths_files/index.html

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2013
1:02 PM

Post #9456043

Don't know HOW I stumbled in here, but it sure is a blessing!

Monday, I purchased 7 new hedges to replace old ones that will be dug up. And, Sunday, my tree trimmer is coming to give me a quote on relocating at least 5 shrubs and 2 Crepe Myrtle Trees!

I sure needed all that reading and researching!

Hugs!

Linda
back40bean
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 25, 2013
12:35 PM

Post #9461513

Thanks, Honeybee. I tried my link and it did come up but it was slow to come up.

iowhen

iowhen
Iowa City, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2013
6:17 PM

Post #9675473

Excellent advice! I am days away from planting blueberry bushes. I'm so glad I clicked.
Seedfork
Enterprise, AL
(Zone 8b)

October 2, 2013
10:57 AM

Post #9675948

iowhen,
I am not so sure this applies to Blueberry bushes! They have special needs! They like acidic
soil, and I have read the best thing to plant them in is a pine bark mulch. I would recommend doing specific research on planting Blueberry bushes.

iowhen

iowhen
Iowa City, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2013
3:31 PM

Post #9676270

That's true. I also realize that they have very shallow root systems, so itmay be just fine to amend within a space that is larger than the root system.

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