Clay

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  1. Glen

    Glen Apprentice Gardener

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    My garden's mainly clay. Can anyone suggest the best treatment for this to turn into a lawn area and borders. Thanks
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Is it anew garden i.e. is it a new house, just built or has it been cultivated before.
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    No it's not a new house, it's about 20 yrs old, but the garden was just left to grow a mixture of wild /stroke cottage effect. Whilst trying to keep many of the plants i want redisgn it so there's a bit more order than chaos.
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    I would think that as the garden has been under some kind of cultivation, when you say clay, you mean a clay soil. Which although heavy is not a problem, I also have clay, and if you treat it right its O K. Firstly you have to wait till spring until it starts to dry out digging and walking on the soil when wet does more harm than good.
    Clay soil dries out slower, which is an advantage in the summer months it also holds on to nutrients better so less feeding is required.
    Some addition of organic material i. e. compost or similar will always help. Dig in well rotted manure if you can get it.
    Sometimes its better to concentrate on one area at a time and not try to do it all at once.
     
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