The Q&A Archives: Clay garden

Question: What would I need to change my rock hard clay garden into a rich soft easy to plant garden? It is about a 30X10 area with shrubs. There is maybe one inch of soil in some places. I tried turning it before and that did not work, I am also worried about hitting one of my sprinkler head with a tiller. I live in Texas just incase that will make a differance as to what I need. Thank you.

Answer: The best thing you can do for a clay soil is to add composted organic matter, which will improve the structure and internal drainage and aeration of the soil. Do this any time you plant or replant a garden bed. Add a couple of inches of compost and work it in deeply. Or, you might consider building raised planting beds and fill them with 3 way top soil which will contains organic matter and sand. These materials will not only make the soil easier to work but will also improve drainage.

Good luck with your garden!

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