I live 1 block from the ocean in Rockaway, NY. My entire property was
inundated with about 7 feet of salt water by Sandy. My lawn is dead.
My azaleas are dead. My butterfly bushes and my lilacs and my day
lilies are dead.
Now that I have a decent start on getting my house fixed, I would like
to ask advice about what to do about my garden and lawn. My main
concern is soil remediation- my property is all sand and given the
proximity to the ocean, it's usually salty but it's got to be severe
now. We've got good drainage and we've had snow and rain since then-
will that have gotten rid of the salt and any contaminants?
All advice appreciated.
On Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:28:26 AM UTC-5, Chris wrote:
Anything that spreads will hold soil. Isn't Fescue the only grass that grows there? As far a shrubbers goes Hollies don't like sandy soil. I believe some of the Big Box stores actually have someone to come out and give advice. Of course you would have to buy all the stuff there. Sorry for your destruction but enjoy the clean slate :)
Absolutely. I see that the bush that my father planted all around our beach
house many decades ago is listed: the Northern Bayberry. Have one of these
and you'll never have to buy bay leaves again.
Don. www.donwiss.com (e-mail link at home page bottom).
Maybe. It depends on the soil. If the soil is very sandy then the salt
will leach out fairly quickly, this is common in beach-side suburbs and
villages. It is possible the soil contains significant clay or organic
matter in which case it will bind salts (including sea salt). In that case
the Calcium in gypsum will be beneficial as the it will displace Sodium from
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