Overcoming a Soil Problem

Early on, though, the project hit a snag. Once the stone paths were in place, the landscape crew tilled the beds without removing several big piles of limestone dust left over from the hardscape installation. A soil test confirmed Corky's worst fear: The pH had risen to 8.9—far too alkaline for roses.

Shown: The pergola, nearly engulfed by 'New Dawn' roses, serves as a perch for songbirds and hides the garage from view.
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