Clay soil: improving it

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The improvement of a clay soil that you consider too wet requires first of all an identification phase.
How can I find out the exact nature of my land and what can be done about it.

Recognising a soil is too clayey

It is easily recognizable by its appearance.

It is very compact, sticky and forms large clods of earth that are difficult to work.

It is generally very heavy in winter and particularly wet, while it will tend to become very dry and even crack in summer.

How to make the earth lighter?

There are a number of effective ways you can dig up your soil in the fall or spring:

  • Apply an organic amendment based on manure and algae to improve the soil’s microbial activity and make it more humigenous.

  • Add sand and topsoil to improve drainage and water retention.

  • Finally, mix your soil with a cocoa husk type mulch to make it lighter and increase its fertility.

What to do if the water stagnates during the winter?

Drainage can be done when planting by putting a 3-4 cm layer of clay or gravel logs at the bottom of the hole to prevent the roots from getting wet.

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