P&PDL Picture of the Week for
August 18, 2008

Avoiding Soil Compaction

Mike Dana, Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist, Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

Soil compaction is an easily overlooked contributor to poor plant performance in the landscape. Skilled, plantsmen such as the French horticulturists pictured here planting color beds at the Luxembourg Palace in Paris, know the importance of loose, friable soil for success with plant growth. Although the planting work is more difficult done from the elevated scaffold over the prepared planting bed, the payoff is an uncompacted root-zone for the plants resulting in more robust, healthy plants.

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Planting in Paris

Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab Purdue Cooperative Extension Service