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Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:50

Eh - he knows this, he has actually gardened much longer than me. I think he was suprised at how acid the soil was, and i have proffessional pride and dont want to wack in something that looks half dead in 6 months - of course we could dig in some good quality gravel and hope for the best but its his money not mine.

 

I will break it to him gently

Lavender border in acid claggy soil - too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:45

Thankyou all ( REALLY)

Im much clearer on the whole thing now - im not sure going for it and using fungicide will work he wants 'low maintenance' and i suspect isnt keen on chemicles ( im not either)

I have put the ball in his court saying either - its going to take ALOT of work or you need to make peace with it and give up.

I will look into Catmint ( hardly any cats nearby) and Perovskia

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:41

Thankyou

 

I agree with you Verdum - its my client/friend/pain in the butt who i dont want to give 'sad face' lol

You are all a brilliant help - its so nice getting into gardening and seeing how helpful people are, its like a little gang! Im taking up a Horticulture course so hopefully i will be asking less noobish questions in future... Rx

Lavender border in acid claggy soil - too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:11

Yeah i have been working on him over heather - its a SLOW process.

Tbh i dont think the soil is clay - it doesnt stretch from a ball when wet, i really dont have alot of experience so im thinking that due to how it holds water quite well but doesnt crack in the sun that its a loam/clay mix but ultimately the issue is drainage.

Gardening is complicated!

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:07

But what PH is your soil blairs? his is 4.5/5.0

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:00

Is loam even too wet? Its def not full clay - as it doesnt crack in the sun its just feels abit 'boggy'  That said trying to get a soil from 4.4/5.0 to 7.0 plus is enough to contend with in the first place.

Can anyone suggest a nice smelly alternative ? Ive already suggested Heathers but they arnt that smelly, i was thinking maybe Echinacea

Lavender border in acid claggy soil - too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:33

Thanks Matt,

 

the issue here is that means pulling out all the soil and starting again and i have time and budget constraints - i really dont want to let him down he REALLY wants Lavender but its looking like a complete restart with the soil is the only option?

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:30

Verdun,

 

this is my conclusion - as i have a bad back and im a begginer im a line of least resistance type when it comes to gardening 

I do think i may have got the soil type wrong it does go into a ball when wet but doesnt have much 'give' to stretch which made me think loam - but there is still the acid issue.

The alternative i guess as its so shallow in depth is to dig out half a foot or so and put in new soil sort of raise bed without the raising?

Is that madness?! 

Lavender in slightly claggy acid soil, too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:13

Oh no lol ive put this in problems section too!

Im presuming it will take ALOT of mushroom compost and grit? Other issues ( as if there arnt enough already) is a tight budget and time period, plus im unsure if i can plant into a freshly composted and gritted soil? he wants me to plant before winter sets in. Its definitely not proper clay soil as it hasnt cracked atall through the summer but it does hold water.

Lavender border in acid claggy soil - too big a battle?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:03

Hope some of you proper gardeners can help me here,

Im helping a friend re plant a very narrow long border in front of their house ( 3 ft x 24 ft) - they are adamant they want Lavender pretty much through the whooe bed. I am ripping my hair out because a soil test said the soil was 4.5 so pretty Acid and its also abit dense - im a begginer so unsure but i would say loamy/clay.

My basic understanding is that this is the WOST type of combo for Lavender, ive tried to read up on sharp sand but everyone seems to be saying something contradictory about it - ive come to the conclusion that digging in a little seashell for the first few inches and then maybe some grit but i feel like this is just a losing battle - could someone put me right? I cannot bring them round to anything other than lavender apart from heathers at the front which like acid so im now in a double bind!

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