Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Dodd City, TX
Question by roxtonarms
March 13, 2000
What is the best way to prepare a heavy clay soil for trees?

Answer from NGA
March 13, 2000



Spread compost about 4 inches thick in as wide an area as possible, hopefully at least 5-10 feet wide. Then spade it in as deeply as you can to blend it with the existing soil. A slightly raised planting mound will help drain away excess water during wet periods.

Dig your hole just deep enough to accommodate the tree's root system and to set it at the depth it was growing before. You can dig it wider than the root spread to avoid bending roots to fit it the planting hole. Firm the soil in around the roots to remove air pockets and give it a good soaking after it is planted.

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