Clay soil

Asked September 17, 2020, 12:07 PM EDT

last spring we had sanding soil so we dug it out and had a landscape place bring us 5 yards of flower grade dirt. It was not. It was a lot of clay and the flower bulbs did not grow in the hard clay. Do we need to dig the clay out and find some good soil or can we fix the clay soil.

Berrien County Michigan

1 Response

Hello. What a bad experience when you were trying to do a good thing! It sounds like you received some top soil that might have been scraped off a construction site. Having the soil removed is an option. The other option is to begin amending the soil with organic matter such as shredded leaves, compost and manure. I do not recommend tilling this in but a 2-3 inch layer over your beds will begin to be incorporated into the soil as you plant and weed. If you decide to have the offensive soil removed visit the place the soil is coming from to make sure you will receive a garden blend. Good luck!