soil mix to help dry woodland
I live in Va. and recently cleared a large woodland area in my backyard that is all shade. Ivy had consumed it and was all pulled up. I cleared several trees to get more light in, but still have some BIG poplars and sugar maples. I have slowly tried to plant shrubs for dry shade and hostan. Plants seem to do mediocre. Question.. what is the way to aend this type of soil (dry clay) ?? Should it be a 50-50 ratio of compost to existing, with some peat moss to keep moisture in...?? I have been diggisng as big of a hole that I can when planting..just not sure of how much to amend. I am hoping eventually to have good soil all throughout ,,, is gypsum, turface, soil conditioner, good choices. Plants definitely need extra extra water during the dry periods.