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What is the best thing to test for soil type & pH testing?. In my back garden there was an area covered with black plastic and hard core which the previous owner put down. I removed the plastic and hard core and dug the soil over a few months ago and planted various plant. 2 of the plants i planted was a azalea japonica and a heather but both are not looking very good. The area has alot of stones, i keep removing them as much as i can.



 Plants not looking great






  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,956

    Heather and azalea like ericaceous soil.  Give them a good soak the day before you dig them out, taking a large rootball (they won't be too set, as they are only a few months in).  Cover the roots in a plastic bag while you dig out a large hole.  Mix in a bag of ericaceous soil with the existing soil, saving some to mulch with.  Replant into the mixed soil, and topdress with pure ericaceous soil.  They also really like leaf mould, used coffee grounds, etc.  

    Utah, USA.
  • VoyagerxpVoyagerxp Posts: 646

    Cheers onion I'll do that.

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