How do I restore my garden soil

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After having a Black Walnut tree taken down I may be able to grow something there. What is the best way to restore the soil to a correct PH? The squirrels are going to have to find a new home, who knows how many walnuts are buried there.

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Apr 07, 2018
    Hi Cathy,
    I think the first you have to test your soil. You can buy a soil testing kit pretty reasonably at Home Depot, Walmart or places like that. That will tell you if it's too acidic or alkaline. When the tree was taken down, were the roots also removed? If not, you'll need to take that into consideration. Click on the link below if you have roots. It also will give you steps to take for your soil after or if the roots are gone. Wishing you the best.
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Apr 07, 2018
    Have your soil tested by the local country extension office to be sure what your needs are.
  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Apr 07, 2018
    I hope you got a great price for that tree. The branches, trunk and roots are valuable. ☺️
    • Cathy Richardson Cathy Richardson on Apr 12, 2018
      I PAIED! It was on a city lot and a fence had to be taken down and a neighbor's yard got tore up. GLAD IT'S GONE! I did put a request on Facebook for tree trimmers and removal but got one comment a week after I PAID for removal. Hope I do not have to do that again. Thanks for your comment.










  • Janice Janice on Apr 07, 2018
    The problem is not PH. It is juglone, a poison given off into the soil from the black walnut tree that kills any plant that comes in contact with it. I don't know how long the tree has to be gone before it's safe to plant anything else. More info: https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/toxicity-of-black-walnuts-towards-other-plants/
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Apr 07, 2018
    It is probably highly acidic from the tree. You can add organic material and lime. You can get it tested at your local agriculture extension office.
  • Lynn Lynn on Apr 07, 2018
    Have a load of topsoil brought in and start fresh
  • Cathy Richardson Cathy Richardson on Apr 07, 2018
    Thank you for answering! I have never heard about juglone. I will check this out.
  • Lina Splichal Lina Splichal on Apr 08, 2018
    An easy way to determine the composition of your soil is to fill a quart jar 3/4 full with your soil and add water to fill the jar. Seal it and set it away where it will not be disturbed to let the soils settle out. After about a week you should be able to see results. The longer you let it sit, the better the soil will separate. Borrowed from someone else's share, but a good and inexpensive tool.