Does potting soil need to be replaced every year?

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  • Stephen Bonifer Stephen Bonifer on Jun 20, 2017
    i never replace the soil, but I do mulch the pots in he fall heavily with dried leaves

  • BillieandRob Linhart BillieandRob Linhart on Jun 20, 2017
    No, but you do need to use a good fertilizer. I mix 1 T epsom salt to 1 gal water and use on alot of things.

  • Pse22263325 Pse22263325 on Jun 20, 2017
    My husband mixes some of the old with the new. He also uses fertilizer in his water a couple times a week. We always have beautiful plants.

  • Just Retired Just Retired on Jun 20, 2017
    Here's the trick I learned with potting soil. I leave it in my pots, but take the plants out in the fall when they have died back. Then I work up the soil well and sit the pots, soil and all in the back of the house all winter long. That way they get the rain and snow an all the nutrients both provide. Then in the Spring I once again work up the soil and if I have any compost from the compost pile I add it as well. Then I plant my plants in that same pot. I've been doing this a couple of years no and each year the soil seem s to get better. Could be the compost I've been adding as well.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 20, 2017
    I use the old soil in the bottom of the pots and plant in fresh soil.

  • Nancy Eaton McEwen Nancy Eaton McEwen on Jun 20, 2017
    I always mix in new with the old.

  • Barbara Baldwin Barbara Baldwin on Jun 20, 2017
    If it's in pots, spoon out an inch or two and add new to replace it. I have to do that for my humongous pots. And fertilizer. Follow directions on package

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Jun 20, 2017
    I remove all my annuals, leave the dirt in and put the pots under my deck, pull them out in the spring and sift through them to pick the leaves and debris out , then I always add a little new soil. Never had a problem. For my perennials in pots, they just die away after the first freeze, then I put them all together in a flower bed in back of the house. They bloom again every spring.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 20, 2017
    Because of the size of some of my pots they stay in place year round. Starting to put the big ones on stands with good dolly wheels. I put all smaller pots against the house for the winter unless they come in the house. In the spring I take at least half of the soil out and mix with new potting soil and peat moss, then plant the seeds or plants. The excess soil that I end up with I put in the veggie garden. I usually leave any leaves, etc. in the pots to break down, but I do remove any tree seeds, etc. to prevent germination in the pot.