How to plant in clay soil?


Where I lice the soil is hard packed clay about 4 inches down. Are there any plants that will survive in this soil. I've tried several and the survive for a short time but never more then a month. I just want some color in my yard.

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on May 07, 2019

    Hi Chuck, have you tried checking with a local nursery? Not a big box store like walmart but a truly locally owned mom and pop place. Whenever I need a specific plant in my yard I always go there first and simply ASK them and they've always steered me right.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on May 07, 2019

    How about raised bed gardening?

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 07, 2019

    You could also go with potted plants, even burying the pots so that they look like they are plants in the ground. It is really hard to amend clay soil and not to have to frequently redo to keep the soil healthy.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on May 07, 2019

    You should try to remediate the clay by adding compost materials and some sand to loosen it up so the plant roots can move and grow.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on May 07, 2019

    You really need to dig it up, go down about 2 feet, refill with top soil, peat moss and cow manure mixed all together. You'll be glad you did.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on May 07, 2019

    Yes there are. I would call my local County Extension Office for indigenous plants.

    you can also bury flower pots with amended soil & cover the edges with mulch.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 07, 2019

    Roses, especially climbing ones, tend to do well in clay.

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