preventing soil compaction after rain

louisianagal(z7bMS)February 24, 2013

Its been really wet, usually is all winter. But when i want to prune, weed, thin our trees, i have to step a bit in the garden. Today tried to lay a board down. Have some stepping stones too. Does the board really work? What do you all do?

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LOL I use wet weather as an excuse to take a break from gardening!

However, I do leave stepping stones in many of the wide beds so the soil doesn't compact as much when I need to step into the beds. Using a board or stepping stones will spread your weight but the soil will still compact under them but at least it stops one from compacting many places. I'm now using heavier mulch and hope that will help as well.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 10:30PM
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kitteh(6 ohio)

I cultivate it after smooshing it (since there's really nothing there in winter other than bushes and weeds), and added paths in each flower garden.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 7:49AM
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Why not use wooden (open weave) welcome mats while working throughout the yard. You can easily carry it to the next location and it's open weave so compaction is reduced if not eliminated. No heavy stepping stone needed.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 10:49AM
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