How do I amend my dirt???

adellabedella_usaJune 16, 2013

I just moved to one of the Houston suburbs. I have a brand new house with some of the ugliest landscaping I have ever seen. The builder just dropped some fill dirt in and threw in whatever plants he could find. I enjoy doing my own landscaping. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to add to make the dirt more usable. When I lived in Oklahoma, my landscaper recommended Back to Nature which was a cotton seed lint compost. It worked great. My landscaping looked awesome when I left. I'm a bit intimidated by all of the traffic here. I couldn't find a good source of BTN nearby. I'm not sure it is what I need anyway. What would you suggest to better prepare my flower beds?

Thanks!

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Best case scenario would be to get soil test but if you don't do that I would go to a GOOD nursery that sells bulk dirt in your area and describe or take a pot of your dirt and ask what people there do to amend. They will be familiar with your area.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 2:30AM
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weldontx(z 8a TX)

Good suggestion above. Amend with organic material as much as possible. DON"T add sand. Is there a Living Earth place in your area. They sell bulk compost. In the meantime-- Mulch, Mulch, Mulch. The BtN is good stuff if worked into the soil at least a little, but as wantonamara suggested, see if you can find
a place to get bulk compost.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 3:13PM
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southernroots

It depends on the type of soil you have. In DFW, we have that horrible black clay, which I removed. I replaced it with bagged soil mixed with manure and peat moss. So far, so good. I learned the hard way (of course) not to add more than one-third manure to the mix.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 11:23AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

If you have clay, One can add gypsum, expanded shale and lots of compost. I have stick to your boots red death clay at my old house and in one small spot now. Decoposed granite is good only if added with lots of compost. Everytime I worked my land I add compost, if nothing else.

I read a thing where a person took a whole bunch decomposed hardwood mulch and mixed in the dirt and let it sit for a year to decompose further and had really good luck with that.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 11:49AM
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