Adding Manure to Clay Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Owen Sound, ON
Question by gdejong
May 21, 2001
We have just planted 2 new flower beds and now have reservations about our soil preparations. We've added lots of peat moss and in one bed we added 2 kg of gypsum. Can we now add some sheep manure around plants to help improve drainage. Our soil is a very heavy clay.

Answer from NGA
May 21, 2001


Plenty of organic matter is excellent for all soil types, including clay, in which it will improve drainage. It is better to work it into the soil; try to at least scratch it in some to the side of the plants. Manure is a good source of organic matter, but make sure it is well-aged, 3-6 months, before putting it around plants. Fresh manure is high in nitrogen, which can easily burn plants.

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