Clay, wet and flooded soil: tips for good planting

The first step in improving clay soil that you consider to be too wet involves an identification phase.
How to know the exact nature of my land and what are the means to remedy it.

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Recognize a land is too clayey

It is easily recognizable by its appearance.

Indeed, it is then at the same time very compact, sticky and forms large clods of earth difficult to work.

It is usually very heavy in winter and particularly wet, so it will tend to get very dry and even crack in summer.

How to make the earth lighter?

There are different effective ways that you will do when you fall or spring dig your soil:

  • Add an organic amendment based on manure and algae to improve the microbial activity of the soil and make it more humus.

  • Add sand and potting soil to improve drainage and water retention.

  • Finally, mix your soil with a mulch such as cocoa hulls to make it lighter and increase its fertility.

What if the water stagnates during the winter?

You can make drainage when you plant by putting a 3-4 cm layer of clay balls or gravel in the bottom of the hole to prevent the roots from bathing in moisture.

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