How To Grow Lavender In Bad Soil

Let’s have a candid moment about the title of this post – yes, it might seem a bit whimsical, but addressing the concept of “bad soil” is crucial. In reality, there’s no inherently bad soil; it’s more about finding the right match for your plants. Fortunately, most soil types can be enhanced with a few simple steps.

What About Lavender?

Originating from the Mediterranean, lavender flourishes in soils mirroring its native environment—poor or moderately fertile and, notably, free-draining. While it loves sandy, chalky, or alkaline soils, what if your garden dreams involve lavender but your soil is clayey, acidic, or clay loam?

How to Grow Lavender in Clay Soil

One of the biggest threats to lavender is for it to be sitting in water-logged soils as this can cause the roots to rot, and clay soils are typically slow-draining. However, to improve the drainage of your clay soil to make it suitable for growing lavender you can mix in a combination of gravel and sand plus a small amount of organic matter to allow the soil to become nice and free-draining.

It can also often be helpful to plant your lavender in a mound to raise it above the level of the rest of your garden, which will mean that should the site become waterlogged your lavender may at least escape the worst of it.

How to Grow Lavender in Acid Soil

Lavender generally prefers a soil pH above 6.5. If your soil tends to be acidic, transform it into a lavender-friendly space by adding lime. Garden lime, composed of ground limestone rich in calcium carbonate, neutralizes acidity. Integrate it into the soil months before planting, ensuring an optimal environment for your new lavender.

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