It is easy to see when a plant is bothered by a disease of its foliage or insects chewing away on the leaves. However, when the problem is below the ground level, it is more of a mystery. Landscape plants need a good quality soil to do their best. Unfortunately, many of our landscape soils do not fit the bill.

If there is one way to prevent these problems, it is to fit the proper plant to the proper soil. For small plans such as annuals and herbaceous perennials, it is possible to amend enough soil to create a good environment for the roots.

Trees and large shrubs may have very extensive root zones and it becomes impossible to amend enough depth and area of soil to make a difference over their long lifespan. These plants have to survive in the soil that you happen to have in your landscape. So, choosing trees and shrubs adapted to your soils is very important.

Following is a listing of some articles which address some of the most common issues that come up with soils in the home landscape.

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

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