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Hi I’m looking for some advice please. 

My soil where my rose bushes and flowering plants are has turned grey. It doesn’t matter how far u dig there is loads of it. It Doesn’t seem to be the fungal thing that has been posted here before! Can anyone help please 


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,942
    My guess would be that for whatever reason the soil has been dry for a very long time and is in poor condition.
    Were there any worms or other bugs crawling around in that soil?
    But regardless of the cause, the remedy would be lots of rotted manure or home made compost dug in to get some life back into it.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,969
    I'd agree with @Pete.8
    Unless there's something else in the pic we're not seeing, that's present there, organic matter is the answer. Roses need quite hearty conditions usually.  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    edited May 2020
    The grey powdery stuff is likely fungal mycelium and is harmless apart from that some kinds have a water repellent property making it almost impossible to get water into the soil where it is present.  Try digging it over and watering well and it will probably vanish.
    See the section 'Non-chemical control' on this RHS link:

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