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Re: Lower the beds , changed from Re: What's Looking good?

  • Subject: Re: Lower the beds , changed from Re: What's Looking good?
  • From: Ray W <wie1086@oh.verio.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2001 09:46:51 -0400


You have a very good point, one that I have rarely had to consider. My soil
drain's well as I am within a quarter mile of Lake Erie. My property has a
natural slope of a couple feet and the soil is quite sandy. Also,
amendments are added when digging is done regularly. I am not sure what the
local landscapers are doing in other areas, but here they love to raise the
soil which is sandy in most areas. Evergreens do well in this environment,
be it trees, arborvities, ect..

I put in some beds at a friends house last year. He is close to a local
marsh, which gives him clay soil. We beat about 20% hardwood mulch into his
beds. They now drain well. We did some digging there a few weeks back and
the difference was night and day between the amended and not amended soil.

Maybe I take amending the soil as something everybody does, which probably
isn't the case. I consider it more important than fertilizer. The roots
just seem to grow better when the soil stays loose.


"Pinterics, Michael W (MED)" wrote:

> Ray-
> Wouldn't this possibly create a problem in winter/spring with water
> puddling
> and Ice ponds forming over the beds limiting access of oxygen to the
> plants
> and possibly creating a situation where rot might be induced?  Not sure
> what zone you might be in but for me I think this would be disasterous.
> I
> had one bed where the water puddled in a very early rain storm where we
> got more than 2" this spring then it quickly froze into a pond which
> remained for about 2 months.  Most of the hosta in that area died.  I'd
> be
> cautions of 'depressed beds'.
> Just an opinion.
> Mike
> Milwaukee

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