Tips for Creating a Beautiful Garden if You Have Acidic Soil

Acidic soil is a problem in the Kansas City area that many homeowners struggle with throughout the year.

Fortunately, there are some garden soil tips that will make it a little easier to keep your plants healthy and growing strong.

If your soil has a pH lower than six, it’s acidic. If it has a pH over seven, it’s alkaline. The trick to balancing isn’t necessarily keeping it in the middle of these two ranges but rather making sure that the plants you install are right for the soil you have on your property.

While you can add soil acid neutralizers to your soil, this is a lot of work, and it’s not a permanent solution. Thus, it is best to simply accept your acidic soil as it is and select plants that thrive within an acidic environment.

To help make this easier for our customers, our plant care guide is full of species that love acidic soil and look fabulous throughout their growing seasons. Our suggestions include the following:

  • Conifers and Pines – These provide lots of cover, but you’ll want to be careful not to plant too many as they can increase the already existing acidity levels.
  • Rhododendrons - These look beautiful within a formal garden and provide a nice complement to conifers, pines, and other large foliage.
  • Blueberry, Huckleberry, and Cranberry – The colors of these vibrant plants is the first clue these plants love acidic soil. They look magnificent, and the splashes of color they emit indicate they have a sweet treat in store for you.

We invite you to contact Rosehill Gardens by calling 818-877-9175. We will be happy to give you the garden soil tips you need to keep your garden healthy and happy over the chilly winter months ahead.

Plant a Big Berry Manzanita for a Backyard Focal Point

Big berry manzanitas are beautiful additions to any landscape, which is why we include them within our plant care guide. Their rugged appearance and seasonally peeling bark helps them blend into the natural landscape with ease.

The berries of this species of manzanita grow to be about 1/2 inch across, which makes them the largest within the manzanita family. Throughout the summer and fall, they provide a gentle splash of color to your landscape that you and your guests are certain to appreciate.

More importantly, they provide a continual source of food that attracts squirrels and deer. Thus, if deer are a problem, make sure you have a fence in place that limits access to larger mammals.

Big berry manzanitas also attract hummingbirds and butterflies; this makes them a complementary plant that offers a quick way to pollinate flower beds and gardens in spring.

On top of their beautiful colors and hearty appearance, the roots of the manzanita are solid and strong. This makes them a good choice for stabilizing loose slopes and keeping other vegetation in place.

Considering their drought tolerance and ability to grow up to 10″ tall and 10″ wide, many people use them around the edges of their property to create a little extra privacy.

Finally, while most other plants prefer to be planted in the spring, big berry manzanitas love being planted in the fall, so now is the perfect time to pick up a shovel and get yours in the ground.

The leaves might be changing outside your window, yet the team at Rosehill Gardens is still hard at work helping clients with their gardening needs.

We invite you to contact us with your questions, and read through our plant care guide to select the perfect plants for your fall landscape.