Dry, Dusty, Soil


Old 05-29-16, 08:48 AM
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Dry, Dusty, Soil

My basement door opens to underneath my indoor back porch. For decades (probably) it didn't receive any sort of care or sunlight. A lot of firewood was also kept in the area over the years. The soil is dry and dusty, and just looks dead. Is there anything I can do to revitalize the area? Should I just cover it with new soil or compost? I'm also considering covering it with decorative rocks. Thoughts?
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Old 05-29-16, 09:28 AM
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What do you want to do with the area?

If there is no light and no water then nothing will grow so new soil is a waste. If you are willing to give the area very regular care you could plant low light plants but they will require frequent watering. The soil that is there is probably OK it's just bone dry. If you don't want to do any/much maintenance then I'd go with a decorative stone.
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Sorry, I forgot to mention that I am really just trying to make the area more livable again. I don't plan on planting underneath where there's no sun and little rain water. I have a lattis wall separating the area and that has ivy growing. I really just want this area to feel cleaner. Thanks for the help, Pilot.
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I'd cover it with plastic and then rock. Anything done to the soil would be a waste of time, IMO.
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