Garden Soil

The single most important step to take before planting any perennial is to properly prepare the soil, and the best chance to do that is before planting.

Dry, sandy soil can be improved with plenty of organic matter, such as compost, peat moss or manure. Dig in the amendments to approximately 8 inches with a fork or spade.

Heavy clay soils need to be opened up by adding the organic matter, along with perlite or coarse sand for drainage.