Softening the soil

Asked August 1, 2020, 5:24 PM EDT

Hello, I have soil I need to soften, it is very hard. I was told by someone to plant Sudan Grass, and it grows 3 feet down, and brings life into the soil, and improves tilth. The land holder does not want me to plant this grass, so what do you recommend putting into the soil to make it more porous for my plant roots? Thank you!

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Here is OSU's best recommendations to do this, nothing of which your land holder should object to: https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec1561 Know that this is not an overnight process, but has longterm beneficial effects. Good luck!