Q.What Responsible Eco-friendly Method Is Now Used To Prepare New Ground For Azaleas And Rhododendrons Without Using Peat?
I now have access to a patch of new ground (yet to be cleared) which I would like to transform into an area suitable for azaleas and rhododendrons. However, I understand that it is no longer the responsible thing to incorporate peat into the soil. I would like to know of any acceptable alternatives.
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It irresponsible of a gardener to use what is available to them. It is irresponsible to the harvesters that overharvest peat bogs beyond their means!
Currently, this remains one of the best ways to prepare a spot for Azaleas. It is natural, it breaks down leaving the soil, perfectly, acidic for the plants, and is an organic solution to doing so.
There are other methods for acidifying your soil, though. Sulfur and iron sulfate can help here. Just have care not to overdo it.
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