We had 7 yards of top soil delivered the other day. Our entire yard is solid clay and some cement and nails the builders left! Nothing grows in it. The 4 new bushes we bought in the fall and plated correctly and with plenty of compost dies within weeks. So the only thing so far I have had success with has been pansies (shallow roots) and some sedum. The mulch has broke down a bit and we, should say me as hubby has a herniated disc and I'm flying solo on this one, are attempting to add soil thickly and help break down the crud underneath. So for a couple of days I've trudged through the dirt wheelbarrow and thatching rake in hand attempting to make something of my clay soil! Heavy rains have made a soupy mess and in some areas I sink into the ground 4-5" and have fun trying to get my Wellies out! I'm determined though and there's a sense of achievement knowing I am doing this with a purpose! It's also kicking my rear physically which is helping me get back into shape right? Silver lining folks!
Here's some pictures of the pretties that will go in initially. I picked items with shallow root systems that will still look incredible once they bush out and fill the gardens. Next year we'll attempt more bushes and annuals.
|Forsythia given to me by my Aunt|