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June 2, 2015 12:54 am
What's the key to a garden full of healthy plants? The secret is in the soil, says Melinda Myers, author and host of Melinda’s Garden Moment.
"Most homeowners don't have great garden soil in their yards," says Myers. ”The soil in most suburban yards has been damaged during the construction process. Typically it was scraped away and sold, or it was compacted during building."
Healthy plants require the right growing conditions and healthy, fertile soil. One way to improve the condition of your soil is through peat moss, which naturally absorbs water and slowly releases it to plants. In addition to helping to balance the soil's water retention and drainage, peat moss also improves soil aeration that improves plant health.
"The best way to improve soil is to add amendments such as compost and peat moss," says Myers. "Peat moss improves water drainage in clay soil, and peat moss helps lean, sandy soil retain water.”
Myers recommends adding 2-3 inches of organic matter to the top 12 inches of soil, which is the “basic zone” for most plantings.
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