"Dead" Soil - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by ianncellia
January 5, 2011
We moved into our new home last fall-the house was vacant for years and the dirt is almost like dust, I want to start gardening,I've asked nurserys,neighbors and family and nobody knows what kind of soil it is, what do I do now to revive the soil?
Thank You-RE

Answer from NGA
January 5, 2011
Any type of soil can be revived and improved with the addition of organic matter. Start by removing all vegetation and spreading 4-5 inches of compost, rotted manure, or any locally available organic matter, digging it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Plant your perennials, shrubs or vegetables and then spread a 2-3 inch layer of organic mulch over the soil surface between the plants. You can dig the mulch into the soil at the end of the gardening season and add a fresh layer. Do this on an annual basis and eventually you'll end up with rich, well draining soil - and thriving plants. Good luck with your new landscape!

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