Planting Tip #27:
When planting in very sandy soils the biggest problem is water retention. Water perks away so fast that you feel you almost have to keep a constant trickle of water on the tree, shrub, or plant you’ve planted.
You’ve over sized the hole so there is a good foot of back fill needed all the way around. Good black dirt has been secured, and there’s enough garden hose to reach the thirsty area. But you wish there was something more you could do.
How about lining the hole will a half inch of leaves? They will temporarily slow down the percolation of the water into the sand because they are acting like a sort of bowl.
Over the next two years or so these leaves will have rotted and turned into a humus soil. But by then the plant’s root system will have fanned; no longer needing the retention of that amount of water any more.
So, a quick recap: Oversize the hole by a foot all the way around, line the bottom of the hole, and six inches up the side, with about a half inch of leaves, back fill the leaves with a good black dirt clay/loam (if possible), install the plant, back fill around the plant the rest of the way with the rest of the clay/loam soil.
You will still need to water a lot; but at least now you’ll know that it’s hanging around a little longer.
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