Soil - Knowledgebase Question

El Paso, Te
Question by Billmagaw
November 26, 2009
My soil has 10 years worth of cat piss in it. Water only runs off instead of soaking in to the ground. Is there a neutralizer for this or should I just replace the top 6 inches of soil? Thx.

Answer from NGA
November 26, 2009


Cat urine is acidic so applying garden lime will help neutralize it. Sounds like there's a compaction problem in the urine-soaked soil. I would spread 3-4 inches of organic matter (compost, shredded leaves, etc.) over the top of the soil, dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches, rake it level and then apply garden lime. Fall is a great time to spread lime. Rains will carry it down into the soil where it will help sweeten the soil. Best wishes with your garden bed!

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