Sorry for cross-posting, but I'm desperate.
We have just bought a new property in Northern Ireland and the garde
is causing us nightmares. The soil is very peaty and is black i
colour. It also retains a lot of water, but has a tendancy to crus
over in hotter weather.
At the moment the garden is a blank canvas as we have no idea what t
do with it. We would like to plant a lawn and have some colour in th
garden. Can anyone offer any advise on how to work with the garden an
maybe any recommendations for lawn and plant types.
I can email pictures of the garden and soil to anyone who may b
interested in helping.
Thanks in advance
Look for local garden clubs. Talk to some nurseries and landscapers
for ideas. I'm not sure, but I believe peat is very acidic so you will
want to add lime. And make sure you get real lime, not powdered
limestone (ground up clam shells).
I'm sure you have a standard problem and there must be a standard solution.
No, he needs to adjust to local conditions and grow plants that love
wet acid peaty soil and thrive there, such as azaleas, rhododendron,
gunnera. There are many fabulous gardens in Ireland Your other advice is
good. Plus, he should get visiting local gardens which are open to the
public, (with a notebook) and go to the local library to check out the
Janet. (West Scotland).
Sorry, should have added, I was under the impression that peaty soil
have very few nutrients and can remain waterlogged during critica
sowing times - is this correct or am I moaning about something
shouldn't be? I'm new to gardening and am just going off what I'v
We can't even walk on the soil without risking losing a boot. And pool
of stagnant water that won't drain away can get pretty smelly!
The only thing that is growing in the surrounding fields is heather, s
I guess we should take a cue from nature. Still want a lawn though, ca
anyone suggest the best way to add drainage to the soil
Sounds like you are surrounded then by peat bog, more or less?
Enjoy the birds.
Seriously, there are things you can do.
Dig a hole and observe how fast it fills up with water. Do this at several
spots. Does it fill up quickly?
Are there neighbors? What have they done?
Research. Speak to local officials for suggestions.
Does the bog dry up in summer?
If your property is *slightly* higher, you could sink weeping tile a foot
down or so, to drain away your soil. If this works on an experimental
basis, you can proceed to add sand and gravel to your topsoil, to lighten
and further improve drainage, and add more weeping tile.
In any case, you have a very large task ahead of you.
Please indulge my curiosity: didn't you examine the property before
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