How to Build Up Soil for Planting Shrubs

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Building up soil for planting shrubs will require you to use the appropriate type of fertilizer. Build up soil for planting shrubs with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Nicholas Staddon, I'm with Monrovia. Today, we're gonna talk about how to build up soil for planting shrubs. In order to build up a great soil in your garden, it's a very short list. You need your own native soil, you need good garden mulch, you need slow release fertilizer and you need a spade to mix everything together. First of all you've got your native soil, depending on where you live it can be sandy, it can be loamy, it can by clay. Okay? So we've got our basic garden soil to start with, and then always include some good garden mulch. A couple of forkfuls or shovel fulls. This is either compost that you've made in the garden or you've bought from the local garden center. You mix that nicely together. That organic mulch is really key, 'cause it holds the water and it holds nutrient. And then I always sprinkle slow release fertilizer in there, whether you're doing a vegetable garden, shrub garden, any type of garden, and then you just lightly mix it together. Always best to work with slightly moist soil, 'cause then you don't get covered in dust. Can't have too much organic mulch. It's a simple as that.


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