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Old 30-05-2006, 06:11 PM posted to triangle.gardens
 
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Default how to improve a yard's soil?

On 2006-05-26, wrote:
Our yard is just a mass of gritty red clay underneath the grass. The
contractors obviously bulldozed off all the topsoil and probably hauled
it away and sold it. Does anyone have any suggestions for improving
the soil over the longer term? Does leaving the clippings on the yard
actually help? The lot has been in this state for at least 20 years
and there is little or no topsoil on any of it. (We just moved here
couple years ago.) Suggestions appreciated.


How does the grass survive or do you have to reseed each fall?

If the grass is living ok, then leave it alone.

If you want to plant flowers or other things then mix in as much organic
matter as possible or replace the clay with topsoil. When I say add
organic matter, till it in, add more, till it in, repeat as long as you
can. You can't have too much organic matter as it will break down over
the years.

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