if the soil is so bad to begin with -- chem or organic?

mamimo(Sunset 16)June 20, 2006

I've heard it said before that in a new yard, organic methods are less effective. Is there any truth to this?

Currently my new yard consist of heavy compacted clay with hardly any organic matter or topsoil. For a variety of reasons, I would like to garden as organically as possible. However, I've found this to be rather challenging given the poor soil condition. Would going chemical give my yard a better headstart, especially in terms of soil fertility and solving pest and disease problems? Thanks!

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Dear Mamimo,

Thank you very much for your inquiry. There is some truth to everything you wrote, and a whole book could be written on the very subject you mentioned. However, I want to give you some advice that I think will help your lawn situation and keep everyone happy. Consider adding high quality compost to your soil. Spread a 1-2 inch layer and till into a three inch depth. You will amend the soil, add nutrients, and improve many aspects. Investigate your area and see if anyone is into an industrial compost operation. Often, garden centers and Universities have there types of centers. I think this may help you.

Again, thanks for the question and let me know if you have more.


Trey Rogers
The Yard Doctor

    Bookmark   June 21, 2006 at 8:50AM
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