Soil compaction happens and it ain’t pretty.

March 13, 2011

You know that “squish” that happens when you step onto wet earth?  That is your weight, pushing all the air out, compacting the soil.

The first warm days in Spring tempt us gardeners mightily.  We want to get a head start.  Don’t.

Plant roots don’t actually grow in  dirt:  Roots can only  grow in the gaps or spaces between soil particles.  If those spaces disappear, plants can’t grow.

Do what work you can from paths, but stay out of your garden beds until the wetness is out of the soil.  (Clean up to your heart’s content in beds that are still hard-frozen.)

It is a good idea to stay off the lawn, too, for the same reason. The easiest way to have a crappy lawn is to compact the soil.

More on what to do in the spring.

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stone March 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Yer preachin’ to da choir…

I have people that in 14 years of gardenin fer them, continue to walk on the soil while wet, in spite of all my protests…

Thank God I don’t have frozen ground to contend with….


Danniel Ward-Packard March 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Thanks for vising, stone. This is one that make me crazy, crazy! Where do you garden that you do not have to contend with frozen ground?


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