Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 19, 2004 · Page 32
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 32

Ukiah, California
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Friday, March 19, 2004
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12—FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2004 ON THE MARKET GARDEN TIP Loosen hard, rooty ground If hard ground and an abundance: of roots make planting difficult, consider loosening the sojl with these methods: • A soH probe injects water. • A cor* aerator "removes plugs from the soil and introduces organic matter, '„ • Add worms, amended , • soil, mulch, compost and other forms of organic , matter. • Dig between the roots and plant annuals. Spread mulch over the area and keep it well-watered. Amended soil Some dirt-cheap ways to soften hard garden soil By JEFF RUGG Copley News Service Q: The back of my foundation bed has several established plants, such as spireas, yews and serviceberry. I tried planting annuals in front of them, but the ground is too hard and there are too many roots. A tilling machine will damage the roots, so how do I loosen the soil? A: There are a couple of ways to do this. You can try a soil probe that injects water. A deep root-feeder for trees can be stuck into the soil and the water turned on. Oftentimes, the probe and water just serve to further compact the soil around the probe's hole. Or, a core aerator that removes plugs from the soil and allows you to add organic matter can be very good if the roots of the existing plants do not interfere too much. Another method is to dig between the roots as best you can and plant as many annuals as you can. Then spread several inches of mulch over the whole area and keep the area well-watered. The roots of the annual plants will help loosen the soil and, as they die each year, they will provide more organic matter. The decaying mulch also benefits the soil. Do not use insecticides in this area so that existing worms will not be harmed. In fact, adding worms will help loosen the soil. Adding fresh topsoil, mulch, compost and other forms of organic matter will not only help the soil as they decay and are moved around by worms and your digging of holes to plant annuals, but they will eventually .create a new soil layer above the roots. This new layer may need to be held in place with a retaining wall of stones or boards. Do not tiy to create a new layer more than about 3 inches thick at any one time. The roots of the existing plants will slowly infiltrate the new layer, but can't do so if the layer is too thick and added all at once. Q: Last year I planted six roses. Over the winter, the stems have turned brown, except for the very bottom. Rabbits have begun eating some of them. Is there something I can do to protect them? A: Late winter is a hard time of year for many animals. New sprouts have not yet started their growth and last year's foods are almost See VIEW, Page 14 New On the Market 3 bedroom, 1 bath, Westside Ukiah home, ready for you to move into. 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