Soil Needs for Your Grasses

One of the reasons grasses are so popular in the garden is that they often thrive in what we call "Bad Soils."

While most plants appreciate a well-drained, reasonably fertile ground to grow in, many of these natives are adaptable and are undaunted by dry infertile sands or poorly drained heavy clays.

Look Where They grow!

As a group, they are also largely indifferent to normal variations in acidity and alkalinity and many, especially coastal species are somewhat salt tolerant.

Soil differences, however can make a real difference in the performance of certain grasses. For example, some require sharp drainage if they are to survive cold damp winters.

In other words, don't plant certain ones where the ground is constantly wet or under water much of the time. Your plants will rot off if this is the case.

This is where a little research on your part comes into play.

Don't waist time and money on a plant that will never survive your temperate zone, and the same goes for growing conditions.

Sun and shade play a very important roll with most plants. The amount of rain or water can be an issue too.

If plants grow in hot dry locations in their native habitat, it only makes sense to offer the same habitats in your gardens as well.

Soils and conditions are mostly the same. Don't plant in wet soils, overly rich soils, and please lay off the plant food.

Sedges that grow on a loamy forest floor require the same at home. Enough shade and moisture to go along with the fertile, loamy mix.

Does the plant require acid or alkaline soils?

Are you wanting to plant a grouping or accent plant that gets too much water?

Plan and rethink, before you buy, dig and plant.

Soils can always be amended, however in most cases that wont be necessary. Most natives are adapted to and for your particular region.

Seize the moment and enjoy out native plants.

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