"Fixing Soil" - Knowledgebase Question

Coleman, Wi
Question by toice
September 22, 2009
We started a new flower bed this summer and the soil that was brought in is what I would call quite heavy.When it rains it stays 'wet' for atleast 4 days. What can we add to it to help make it lighter and possibly drain better?


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Answer from NGA
September 22, 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 this fall by removing all vegetation from the area and spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the 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 flowers and mulch over the bare soil between the plants with additional organic matter. A 2-3 inch layer will help suppress weeds. Next spring 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 spectacular garden.

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