Moore Park Garden Advice

(Question)

Hello. I have just demolished a big garage in my back yard, which gives me new planting opportunities! But the soil is hard clay (I believe) and has had a garage sitting on it for 95 years. What is the best way to make the soil plantable? Should I hire someone to come in with a bobcat to dig it up and put down sand and organic matter? I would love to put in a couple of small trees, shrubs and flower beds. Some plants that have thrived in my garden are hydrangeas, lavender, peonies, purple sand cherry, bridal wreath spirea, euonymous and kerria. I don’t get more than 4-5 hours of sun in the back though (the front of my house faces west and there is considerable shade in the back from the houses). Many thanks.

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(Answer)

Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners with your inquiry.

We receive many questions regarding amending clay soil. I am attaching one of our previous articles that review the techniques and what steps can be taken to improve your soil.

Creating flower beds from scratch in clay soil

You may also be interested in our Gardening Guide on Improving your Soil Organically

For furthr reading you may be interested in: Blooming Deciduous Trees and Shrubs and Ornamental Shrubs for Various Light Conditions

Good Luck!