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Questions tagged [soil]

The growing medium for plants, primarily consisting of rock fragments, organic material, water, and organisms.

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Anyone know what these white grubs are?

I have found loads of them in the soil in the large planter I have herbs in
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What are these small white balls that appeared on the soil in my greenhouse?

As a pre-emptive starting note, there are a lot of questions with similar titles but none I could find with pictures looking the same to what I have here. Around a week ago, I applied lawn clippings ...
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Straight 8 cucumber problems

I'm new to gardening. I have a container garden on my patio. Everything was started from seed in my kitchen. I planted 3 straight 8 cucumber seedlings in a 18 gal tote. I used, against better ...
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What is the minimum a tree/bush root needs to be planted in the ground?

The soil I have access to grow in is in a seasonal wet zone, and worry about the plant getting too much water, so approximately how much of the root ball has to be planted in the soil, and how much ...
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Dealing with overgrown gravel and weed membrane

I have a 8m x 3m bed in my garden which has a mix of well-established shrubs (Weigela, ornamental cherry, smoke bush, roses), ground cover (ivy and honeysuckle), and red valerian, lemon balm and ...
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Soil prep work for sod installation

Is it ok to till my lawn and prepare it 2 weeks in advance of sod installation? Worried about the difference of “settled” and “compacted”.
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What can cause bubbling mud? [closed]

https://vimeo.com/326120553 I have a bubbling puddle of mud near my house. It's not my water or sewage lines, I already had the water company come check it out. It doesn't smell like natural gas. ...
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What type of soil do I have

I was digging to see what kind of soil I have and I found this gray rust brown layer. It's like clay when compressed but kind of crumbles in chunks. It's around 6" from the top. I'm curious how this ...
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Excess Zinc in garden soil

I had the soil in one of my garden beds tested for a wide spectrum of minerals. This bed was originally filled with bought topsoil and mushroom compost, then it was cultivated with parsnips and ...
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New topsoil has puddles on it

Problem My new front garden seems to have pools of water on it for a good few hours after rain. Background I've just had the front garden redesigned, leaving us with a brand new area for planting and ...
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Removing Bushes and ground cover weeds. Do I completely change the soil?

I am removing bushes and ground cover weeds from the front of my house. The soil is full of roots and weeds. There is a Hydrangeas plant that I will moving to another part of the front yard, after I ...
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Side yard flooded, low spots near patio, nasty bare clay spots.. best route to take?

I've always loved reading these posts but never thought to make an account. So here goes nothing. New homeowner, want to fix the drainage issues and get some trouble areas growing. -My side yard ...
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Best soil decision for planting succulent seeds

Guys could you please suggest any soil or soils mixture for planting succulent seeds? Thanks in advance
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Drying a pot of fresh soil vs drying a pot of soil with bugs

I was trying to dry a fresh pot of soil that I bought from a local store and a pot soil that had been exposed with bugs in it (ants/ flies/creepy crawlies). After about 3 weeks, the pot of fresh soil ...
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Planting on shale filled patch with weed underlay

We have a 1m by 5m patch of land that is full of shale rocks about 5inches deep. Under it is some kind of tarpaulin/underlay to stop weeds. We would very much like to plant some bee and butterfly ...
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Ant colony at the base of young tree

So far the tree has been doing really well. Its only a year old (chinar tree). Infact, the ants have made the heavy clay soil in which the tree was planted from dense and compacted to very porous and ...
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Internet says to plant bulbs 3 or 5 times (depending on the bulb) its own depth. What if you're planting in clay soil?

Does the planting depth change when it comes to soil that's more clay then the loamy soil you get at the nurseries? Since clay soil is heavier and has the ability to retain moisture, would it restrict ...
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What kind of soil does aloe vera prefers?

(I'm new to planting) Can I use native soil from a nearby grass field? Should I also add some plotting mix?
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What is a good replacement for Click & Grow “Smart Soil”?

I was given the 9-pod click & grow (https://www.clickandgrow.com/) as a gift, shipped to Australia. Somehow it made it past customs and I've started the growth cycle for the starter pack of seeds, ...
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What is the recommended elevation between the water table and the growing surface?

I'm starting to plan out my garden for the spring planting, and am trying to figure out how much surface I need between where the green part of the plants and the water table. I'm trying to have a big ...
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Crop rotation: by season instead of by year?

I have 3 raised beds in a small 30 m2 greenhouse, this is the first year I have it so I don't have much experience. I've been reading about crop rotation, and was wondering why you can't or shouldn't ...
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What’s the ideal slope for draining a garden with clay soil?

Our garden is in the central region of Thailand which has very clay soil. The house is built on a raised plot of land, about 70cm higher than the surrounding area. The land was raised because this ...
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Drooping Aloe? Is my Aloe healthy?

A friend just gave me this aloe. It has grown a lot since she had it and has two pups now. however, I'm noticing aloe online looks like it grows up whereas the large leaves at the base of my aloe are ...
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How hot can soil get if daily temperatures persist above 100°F?

I am doing some research on ponderosa pines and climate change. I am currently trying to find (with no luck) how hot soil can get if subjected to direct daily sunlight with temperatures exceeding 100°...
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What safe containers are there for planting edibles?

Wondering what containers people use for growing various edibles. Instead of planting purely outdoors I may grow on the balcony and indoors. Primary worry is leeching materials/heavy metals/plastics ...
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Dirt mound in backyard

I see several dirt mounds in my backyard. These are usually around 6 inches in diameter with no obvious hole caused by an animal. Can you please help me identify what is causing it and also how to ...
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Can I improve clay-like soil with little stones?

I have these stones (formerly from a garden center and on top of weed-suppressing fabric in a flower bed for 10 years) and I'm wondering if I can just fork them into this soil. The soil currently ...
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Reuse of soil in a container garden?

I have a small container garden (https://vegepod.com.au/collections/raised-garden-beds/products/raised-garden-bed-small) which I used to grow some bok-choy and silverbeet about 18 months ago. The ...
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Which kitchen and garden scraps can be scattered on a vegetable garden soil?

I'm trying to make the switch to adding natural instead of synthetic fertilizer to my vegetable garden (and stop tilling while I'm at it). Besides compost, I'm curious whether I could use some kitchen ...
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Are there bugs on my adenium?

Can you please check the leaves of my adenium? It grows black in colour and I don't know why. Please share the reason so that I can improve the health of my adenium.
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Before plating aerate or not?

It has been a couple months I have been working on my yard. Thank you all of your time and advice! My back yard was in bad condition. First I killed wild weeds cleaned and hired someone to trim my ...
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Can I prepare 2000 square feet of soil for sod, by myself, in California?

I just bought a house and have a 2000 sqf yard that is currently just dirt. I want to do the sod myself, but I am a bit unsure about how to prepare the soil. I have been trying to read online and what ...
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How to grow a grafted avocado in bad soil?

I live in St.Croix and want to plant into the ground a grafted avocado tree that is 2'ft (60 cm) high. I live close to the ocean. I see lots of mango trees in the neighborhood, but few if any ...
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Why can't dry soil absorb water well?

I have often heard that particularly dry soil cannot absorb water well. This was often associated with flooding after a long dry drought. I couldn't really imagine it, but yesterday I saw for myself ...
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How do I inoculate plants with garden giant when not disturbing the soil?

I'm wanting to hook my plants into Garden Giant spawn, but not disturb the soil. How can I best, and quickly put the spawn into the plants while not harming the plants? Is it reasonable to put a ...
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What’s the best way to remove 2-4 inches of large gravel from backyard?

New home owner. After moving in I noticed the previous owner had laid down some gravel in a portion of my backyard so he could store a boat. Approx 15ft x 30ft. It’s been completely taken over by ...
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amendments to soil to make it hold LESS water?

I have some potting soil that I'm using for a self watering planter. It's peat moss based, and I see some perlite in it. I notice that it's wicking too much water (too wet). I tried the 2 knuckle ...
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Do rhododendrons poison soil? [duplicate]

I've cleared some garden by removing and cutting back some very large rhododendrons. The ground was previously heavily shaded and nothing is growing; I also raked of the latter of dead leaves. But I'...
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What is causing tip dieback of Norway Spruce?

This is a recently planted Norway Spruce in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. 1/3 planted trees is experiencing tip dieback. Is this planting stress, symptom of a tip blight, or something else?
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Inadvertently sprayed Ortho Ground Clear in area in which I would like to plant shrubs

If you inadvertently spray an area with a vegetation poison is there anything you can add to the soil to neutralize the effects of the glyphosphate (5%) so that you can plant shrubs?
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How to prepare soil for seeding?

I have lots of weed in my backyard and I think I will seed for a green lawn! I was planning on installing sod but I think I will go with the seed. What should I do before I seed? Can I use weed killer ...
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How to revive a bonsai that was repotted after it was dying of overwatering?

I have a 15 year old Chinese Elm which I bought last year in April and keep indoors. It is placed next to a window, but due to british weather it doesn’t get very strong light. The bonsai survived ...
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Is using Miracle Grow potting mix good for starting seeds?

So, over a week ago, I started to grow tomatoes from seeds using topsoil, specifically Scott's premium topsoil. After realizing it's full of crap, bark, sticks, etc., I restarted today using Miracle ...
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Moldy looking soil in my greenhouse

I have had moldy looking soil in my greenhouse for the last couple of years. It looks like fine dust on top of the soil. My greenhouse is well ventilated and I have used various fungicides with no ...
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What should I add to the soil to make my hydrangeas blue?

I am about to plant some new hydrangeas. What should I use to amend the soil with to make the hydrangeas blue?
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Planting vegetables in ground vs pots in greenhouse

What makes the most sense for growing vegetables (tomatoes/peppers/squash/etc) in a new, small 6ftx9ft greenhouse in a hardiness zone of 6? Removing the grass inside and then... Planting plants at ...
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What exactly is top soil?

I have a really simple and maybe stupid question... Term top soil appears very often in almost any gardening subject - but what exactly is top soil?
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Is just adding a new soil layer on top of existing soil good for creating a new plant bed?

I want to create a small area (2 square meters) for new plants and/or seedlings. I need to raise a level in that area a little (for overall garden design purposes), and I plan just to put 30cm / 1ft ...
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Putting mushroom manure on top of clay lawn

I want to add 3 inches of mushroom manure to the top of a small lawn with cardboard as a mulch underneath and a layer of leaves from the fall. There are other soils available that say that they are ...
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Can urine return moisture-holding capacity to the soil?

I've been urinating on dead lawns for a while. I consider myself an expert. In my home town we've been having a drought for some time; yet I had great success there, turning dried out, dying areas of ...