We were recently asked to take a look at a south facing garden of a lovely new build property where a small lawn was struggling to flourish. A visual inspection and soil test confirmed that the soil, as expected, was heavy clay and compacted. This is not unusual for the area.
What was the requirement?
The customer had a clear vision of what they wanted and after ongoing discussions we were asked to dig over and improve two large beds – one of which involved stripping some turf.
As is so often the case with new build properties, once we started digging general builder’s rubble started to reveal itself. Access prevented machinery so we used a variety of hand tools including a pick axe and a mattock to break down and where necessary remove the clay and stone.
Finally we dug in a variety of soil improvers – including organic matter and washed horticultural grit – to leave soil that is now more freely draining, easier to manage and more productive.
I’m guessing you might want to learn now about how to improve your soil?