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Improving drainage

Shawntiah Jones
4 years ago
last modified: 4 years ago

Hello! I recently purchased several roses and planted two of them in my garden (Pope John Paul II and Memorial Day). I have heavy clay soil that does have a lot of organic matter since I mulch with pine straw every year. Well, my Memorial Day rose is doing quite well in its new home, but the other rose is not. It had rained every day last week with several bad storms. I was afraid it would get root rot as it was starting to wilt, so I dug it up and the hole was extremely wet. The root system looked okay, but just in case I sprayed the roots with Daconil and placed it in a very large pot with excellent drainage. How do I improve the drainage of that area of my garden? It’s like a small area that is about 3 feet that seems to hold onto more water than the other areas. My other roses are 3ft and 6ft away from that area and do excellent. I would really like to place the rose there, but I don’t want it to drown. Are there any remedies that I could add to the soil to improve drainage and the quality of the soil? I don’t mind doing hard work to improve the soil even if that means digging 50% of the soil and mixing it with garden soil. I live in Mississippi, Zone 8A.

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