Improving Clay Soil In Your Yard

Instead of being a fun outdoor activity, gardening can become a stressful activity the clay of your soil is high. No matter how much you make, things won’t go as you planned if such soil is present in your area. Some say that it takes effort and patience to fix the dilemma but how is it so?

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You can have all the best plants, the best tools and all the Miracle-Gro in the world, but it won’t mean a thing if you have clay heavy soil. Read on to learn more.

Steps to Improve Clay Heavy Soil

A great many gardeners are cursed with clay soil, but if your garden has clay soil, this is no reason to give up on gardening or suffer with plants that never reach their full potential. All you need to do is follow a few steps and precautions, and your clay soil will be the dark and crumbly soil of your dreams.

Avoid Compaction

The first precaution you will need to take is to baby your clay soil. Clay soil is particularly susceptible to compaction. Compaction will lead to poor drainage and the dreaded clods that gum up tillers and make working clay soil such a pain.

In order to avoid compacting the soil, you should never work the soil while it is wet. As a matter of fact, until your clay soil is corrected, you should avoid overworking your soil with excessive tilling. You should also try to avoid walking on the soil whenever possible.

Add Organic Material

Adding organic material to your clay soil will go a long way towards improving it. While there are a great many organic soil amendments, for improving clay soil, you will want to stick to compost or materials that compost quickly. Materials that compost quickly include well-rotted manure, leaf mold and green plants.

Because clay soil can become compacted easily, you should place about 3 to 4 inches of the chosen soil amendment on the soil and work it gently down into the soil about 4 to 6 inches. In the first season or two after adding organic material to the soil, you will want to take care when watering. The heavy, slower draining soil surrounding your flower or vegetable bed will act like a …


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