SOIL - Knowledgebase Question

SCOTTSDALE, Ar
Question by wagner37
August 10, 2009
WHAT IS RECOMMENDED TO MAKE BETTER SOIL FROM THE CLAY/SANDY SOIL WE HAVE HERE


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Answer from NGA
August 10, 2009

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You can enrich your soil over a period of years and end up with rich garden loam if you add organic matter. Start by removing all vegetation from the area and spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the planting bed. You can use compost, aged manure, shredded leaves or whatever organic matter is readily available in your local area. Dig or till this organic matter into the soil - 8-10 inches deep. Plant your perennials or shrubs and mulch over the bare soil between the plants with additional organic matter. A 2-3 inch layer will help suppress weeds and slow water evaporation. At the end of the season dig the organic matter into the soil and add a fresh layer. Repeat this process annually and you'll end up with rich garden loam - and a garden. Enjoy!

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