Creating a garden with limy soil

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Anita Skelly asked 13 years ago

I’m a beginner at gardening and I have quite a big garden or best put, lawns of grass. I would like to start planting flowers, shrubs etc but the soil is very limy. Can you advise on how best to deal with this and what plants etc would best suit the ground?

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Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
If you have big garden with lots of lawn space, you should think about creating some borders. These can be quite a good size, several metres deep. Into these plant a choice of some garden trees for size, shrubs too and perennial flowers.

Begin by marking out possible borders with canes. When you decide the location and size, cut out the sod along the edge. Kill the existing grass with Roundup and plant trees and shrubs into the dead sod. Perennials can be planted in this way too but only if they are strong plants, otherwise dig the soil and break it up before planting.

Most plants are fine in limy soil … only the lime-haters such as camellias, rhododendrons, pieris, and others do not.

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