Re: Back-yard naked Banana Scientist
Regarding azaleas, there are a couple of reasons for not planting them in the same spot as a previously planted one. The first is Phytophthera root rot. It stays in the soil long after the azalea is dead, and planting another one in the same spot would be a death sentence. Second, most people plant their azaleas right up against the foundation. Azaleas love acid soil. The foundation's concrete structure leaches lime into the soil, raising the pH and making the shrub look chlorotic.
Digging in the soil is very therapeutic for me also, Mauro. I completely lose track of time when I'm pulling weeds, lol.