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Planting in difficult conditions Part 1 – Clay Soils

We get a lot of questions from our customer but one of the most common type of question we get is “will this plant cope in certain conditions”. Moncler enfant doudoune pas cher timberland ugg classic Basse puma 2018 pas cher timberland boots homme ugg classic Basse moncler homme soldes timberland pas cher puma chaussure 2018 vente privee ugg Clay\sandy soils, coastal positions, high wind, frost, dry areas and shaded positions all take their toll in varying degrees on each variety of plant. moncler pas cher chaussure timberland soldes puma sneakers ugg zalando moncler paris chaussure timberland femme timberland puma chaussure 2018 ugg soldes 2018 doudoune moncler pas cher We’ve put together a series of tutorials to you show how to deal with these difficult conditions and which plants may suit a given condition.

The first in this series will be dealing with difficult soils. puma sneakers pas cher ugg boots ugg boots puma chaussure doudoune moncler pas cher ugg outlet moncler paris We’ll talk about clay soils and how to improve the condition of your soil to get great results. ugg soldes 2018 chaussure Puma soldes puma sneakers Timberland pour hommes ugg soldes bottes ugg timberland chaussures ugg classic Basse moncler 2018 soldes puma This is by far the most common problem we get asked about. bottes ugg moncler jacket soldes timberland chaussures moncler pas cher puma en ligne ugg zalando puma sneakers pas cher ugg soldes

Contrary to popular belief, clay itself can be very good for plants, it contains an abundance of nutrients that plants can use to thrive, the problem is that it doesn’t allow water to drain away from the roots. timberland homme puma 2018 pas cher moncler sitemap Timberland Pas Cher bottes timberland pas cher chaussures puma 2018 pas cher timberland femme Most plants don’t like to sit in wet, boggy soil so clay will cause all sorts of problems. doudoune femme moncler pas cher doudoune femme moncler Timberland Femme puma 2018 basket ugg femme Bottes UGG En Ligne soldes puma chaussure ugg pas cher puma sneakers pas cher bottes timberland ugg australia pas cher Bottes UGG En Ligne soldes puma sneakers

The best course of action is to choose plants that are clay tolerant and will thrive in such conditions, such as the varieties listed below. ugg pas cher ugg australia Timberland FR timberland boots homme Timberland Pas Cher magasin uggs pas cher en ligne puma pas cher ugg australia Timberland Homme Achat Puma But if you’ve got your eye on a variety that’s not so suited to clay, don’t despair, there are things you can do to improve your soil to allow for such plants. soldes puma sneakers soldes puma sneakers Moncler doudounes femmes ugg pas cher moncler paris timberland chaussures doudoune femme moncler puma sneakers puma pas cher moncler ugg australia pas cher What you need to do will depend a lot on the type of clay you have and how much work you’re prepared to do to remedy the problem.

Testing

There are quite a few different tests you can do to work out what type of clay you’re dealing with but for the purpose of this tutorial, we’re going to try to keep it as simple as possible. moncler paris doudoune moncler moncler chaussure timberland doudoune femme moncler puma sneakers pas cher moncler femme ugg soldes 2018 ugg outlet ugg france

The first thing is testing for texture. moncler homme soldes moncler sitemap moncler pas cher timberland moncler paris moncler 2018 timberland pas cher timberland pas cher Take a small lump of clay from your garden and add some water and work it in like you’re going to use it for pottery. bottes ugg soldes ugg classic Basse timberland homme timberland homme ugg soldes 2018 timberland puma pas cher chaussure timberland homme Roll it into a ball in your hand. soldes puma sneakers moncler soldes moncler femme ugg boots moncler paris puma chaussures doudoune moncler timberland pas cher Baskets homme Puma moncler pas cher timberland ugg outlet Moncler enfant doudoune pas cher Moncler doudounes femmes bottes ugg soldes Baskets homme Puma puma chaussures ugg australia pas cher Next, flatten out between your fingers in the shape of a ribbon, if you can flatten it to more than 50cm before it starts breaking up then you have a heavy clay.

Another test is the percolation test, this will determine how compacted the clay is. puma sneakers pas cher doudoune moncler pas cher ugg outlet puma homme ugg australia bottes timberland pas cher timberland soldes puma pas cher puma pas cher soldes puma chaussure ugg australia pas cher First dig a hole about 60cm deep and 30cm wide. ugg pas cher femme doudoune moncler homme ugg australia bottes ugg soldes ugg australia pas cher bottes timberland timberland pas cher puma bottes timberland ugg soldes 2018 moncler pas cher Fill the hole with water and let it drain out completely. timberland chaussures moncler femme doudoune moncler Achat chaussure Puma chaussure Puma puma pas cher basket timberland puma homme bottes ugg ugg soldes 2018 moncler Once it’s empty, fill it again and take note of how long it takes to drain out. uggs pas cher en ligne ugg pas cher bottes ugg soldes soldes moncler ugg classic Basse bottes ugg ugg soldes 2018 puma basket botte ugg solde doudoune femme moncler pas cher soldes puma chaussure puma pas cher basket timberland If it takes less than 12 hours to drain, the soil should be able to support plants that require well draining soil. puma chaussure 2018 ugg outlet france basket timberland moncler jacket soldes ugg homme Baskets Puma ugg pas cher soldes puma chaussures Timberland Soldes If it takes 12-24 hours to drain, the soil is best suited to plants that tolerate heavy or clay soils. Timberland Femme chaussures puma 2018 puma 2018 pas cher moncler timberland pas cher ugg outlet france Timberland pour hommes ugg soldes puma chaussure timberland soldes soldes timberland moncler paris moncler en ligne doudoune moncler homme If it takes more than 24 hours for the hole to completely drain only trees that withstand occasional flooding will survive.

Note: If you find Earth worms in your soil, then this is usually a great indicator of healthy soil

Action

The aim is to improve soil structure by breaking down the clay to achieve looser, more granular particles and allow water to drain away but at the same time retain moisture and nutrients. Timberland Femme Pas Cher chaussures puma 2018 pas cher ugg outlet france ugg australia pas cher moncler pas cher magasin uggs pas cher en ligne puma en ligne Moncler doudoune pas cher The best way to do this is add as much organic matter as possible and as deeply as possible to the clay. puma chaussures ugg enfant puma chaussure bottes ugg soldes timberland femme soldes puma chaussures puma chaussure 2018 Organic matter doesn’t only add to the nutrient content of the soil, it coats the clay particles and physically separates them from each other.

Another option is to add Gypsum to the clay to help break it down. moncler jacket soldes moncler Doudounes ugg pas cher ugg soldes timberland femme Timberland Homme ugg outlet france puma pas cher bottes ugg soldes ugg australia ugg soldes 2018 This is somewhat less effective as not all clay types respond to Gypsum but there is a way to test it. Timberland Femme Achat chaussure Puma soldes timberland basket timberland ugg zalando moncler puma 2018 pas cher doudoune moncler pas cher moncler Doudounes ugg australia pas cher femme Remove a small sample of clay from the garden and place it in a glass jar with clean water in it. moncler femme moncler paris chaussures puma pas cher ugg pas cher Moncler doudounes femmes moncler paris chaussures puma pas cher bottes ugg soldes ugg australia pas cher Achat chaussure Puma doudoune moncler pas cher moncler Doudounes moncler sitemap puma sneakers moncler Bottes UGG Pas Cher France En Ligne Don’t touch the jar but take note of the water after an hour then after 24 hours. soldes puma chaussure chaussures puma chaussure timberland homme bottes ugg soldes ugg boots doudoune femme moncler pas cher moncler ugg australia pas cher femme doudoune moncler pas cher timberland soldes chaussures puma pas cher bottes timberland moncler jacket soldes timberland boots homme If the clay begins to disperse in the water making the water cloudy then your soil will respond to Gypsum, the cloudier it becomes the better the Gypsum will work. ugg australia pas cher ugg pas cher timberland chaussures moncler bottes timberland pas cher puma 2018 basket Achat chaussure Puma Gypsum can be added to the soil at a rate of around 1kg per square meter and should be worked into the soil, it would probably be a good idea to add in some organic material such as compost while your turning the soil. puma 2018 basket moncler pas cher puma chaussure magasin uggs pas cher en ligne ugg boots Timberland Homme Pas Cher puma en ligne magasin uggs pas cher en ligne ugg australia pas cher femme Baskets homme Puma PUMA en soldes soldes puma chaussures

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