So you have compacted soil. What now?
Still wondering what you can do about compacted soil? In a previous post, we shared that core aeration and liquid compost extract are both great tools for loosening compacted soil. Wondering what else you can do to loosen compacted soil in the landscape? Here are a few more tips:
To loosen your compacted garden soil, amend with a mix of compost, worm castings and expanded shale. These amendments will improve soil quality and drainage capacity. Worm castings also introduce beneficial organisms to your soil. You can work these organic amendments into your soil using a garden fork. You can also work them in around established plants using a smaller hand cultivator or maddock.
To improve nutrition and overall health, liquid compost extract is an excellent soil conditioner. It feeds the soil and provides nutrients. Liquid compost is especially beneficial to apply to lawn aeras where adding solid compost is more difficult. Better than compost tea, liquid compost extract s a super nutrient-dense concentrate of the most beneficial elements of our high-grade compost. Containing both minerals and an abundance of naturally-occurring live elements, liquid compost is the closest thing to compost in a liquid form. We craft our own LCE here in Dallas.
If you find that your lawn or landscape plants appear stunted in their growth, your soil could benefit from aeration, liquid compost and amendments. A one time aeration, however, won’t fix soil compaction problems. Remember to add organic matter to landscape beds once or twice per year; soil aeration in lawns is beneficial when performed two to three times per year in our heavy clay soils, followed by treatments with liquid compost.
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