hard soil

Old 01-04-07, 12:08 AM
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hard soil

What can i put in my garden to help loosen the soil.
Old 01-04-07, 07:22 AM
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Earthworms will loosen soil, but they don't like many types of soil other than loam. If you have clay, you'll probably need to rototil to loosen it.
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Hi Ronald,

You don't say if this is for a veggie garden, flower garden or lawn. You also don't say if anything is planted there now or if you are preparing a bed. The best thing you can use to loosen hard soil is organic matter. One of the best ways to do that is with compost. A 3" to 4" layer tilled into the soil is a great start. If this is for a bed you are preparing for planting in the spring, you can make sheet compost/aka lasagna compost now and it will be ready in spring for planting.

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I have been told by golf course builders , that they add sand to the soil to make it assorb water, not sure if that will be of any help Rex

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Adding sand to hard soil will only make it harder - like the aggregate in concrete.

Add the organic matter. Add more organic matter every year.
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I had real hard soil, added bags of compost and topsoil every year and now I can plant almost anything and it will grow. Make sure you mulch over the bed, keeps the soil moist and reduces weeds.

Good luck, be patient.

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