Create beds over limestone?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by MikeD, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. MikeD

    MikeD LawnSite Member
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    THe previous owner of our home created a limestone parking lot for some unknown reason. We have had a driveway installed and now want to create some beds and plant grass over much of the remaining "parking lot" limestone. Will we have to remove all the limestone or can we add about 4" of topsoil on top of the limestone?

    Any help will be much appreciated.
  2. g-hopper

    g-hopper LawnSite Member
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    Anything you plant in 4 inches of top soil will die at first hint of hot/dry weather unless you water daily.
  3. MikeD

    MikeD LawnSite Member
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    I expected to dig holes through the gravel in the bed where I would actually put the plants. I was most curious about the effect the gravel will have on the ph of the soil and will it make it hard to grow plants.
  4. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    The limestone will have the same long term effect as liming..............

    I'd just remove a section around where you are going to place your plants and check for ph conditions on your plants or test the soil occasionally. You might just have to ammend the soil from time to time to nuetralize the effects of the limestone but I wouldn't guess you'd need to too often.
  5. MikeD

    MikeD LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    Awesome. Thanks for your help.

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