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preventing soil compaction after rain

Posted by louisianagal z7bMS (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 24, 13 at 21:05

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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RE: preventing soil compaction after rain

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.

RE: preventing soil compaction after rain

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.

RE: preventing soil compaction after rain

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.

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