drainage issue

Just moved to new house- back yard has extremely hardpan compressed earth. Its desert-sandy-no clay but really tough ground. Dug holes with jackhammer maybe 18" deep by 18 wide- still very slow drainage. OK to plant 5 gallon size plants? smaller? Its a low rainfall area but still dont know. Anybody know about this stuff?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:

Sounds like the very first thing you need to do is add about a foot of compost. A few inches at a time of course. And till it in.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote:

I'll second the foot of compost but I wouldn't try to till it in if you needed a jackhammer to dig a hole. Dump it all on top at once and work it. Plant one 5 gallon cactus and one 5 gallon wheeping willow. See which one does best and continue accordingly.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote:

with
it.
That and get some ostriches.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.