Asked on May 2, 2017

The soil is terrible in my new home!

Sophie Jonas-HillSharonC.B.


How can I get it up to par? Thanks!
4 answers
  • Laurie
    on May 3, 2017

    It would be a good idea to take a sample of your soil to a good nursery. Sounds like it just needs a boost. There are several kinds of mixtures for different soil.
  • C.B.
    on May 3, 2017

    Question: Is it too sandy, too much clay or too rocky? If it's too sandy add steer/chicken manure & sawdust; that will add fertilizer & humus. If it has too much clay: add steer/chicken manure & sawdust to lighten up the compactness of the clay; adds fertilizer & humus. Too many rocks? start picking them out & use them in your landscaping projects. If the soil [once the rocks are gone] still needs work, add steer/chicken manure & saw dust.
  • Sharon
    on May 3, 2017

    You could get a rototiller or rent one and work in compost to make it richer, You could take a sample to a local nursery for testing, and see what nutrients you can add to improve it. Depending on whether its too acidic or too alkaline, choose plants for that soil type. If it doesn't drain well trying having it aerated.
  • Sophie Jonas-Hill
    on May 3, 2017

    It really does depend on what sort of bad, and often when we see a weed run path it looks bad, but if it grows weeds, it means that the soil is good for something! I can only echo the above - you've got to work out what's wrong and try and rebalance by adding more organic material, picking out stones and rocks, or digging in sand to lighten it - or why not consider building a system of raised beds instead and using pots at least at first, so you can get things growing in a controlled way and then work on the soil? That way you see some colour and life and can slowly improve each section at a time, with a big job breaking it up into small, manageable parts makes it less daunting and can prevent you giving up in despair! A final tip is to plant a green compost, such as comfrey, then plough it in at the end of the season, it's a great way of improving the soil.
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