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Retaining moisture in clay soil

B3B3 Posts: 26,996
I was doing a bit of weeding and jiggling the top couple of inches of soil ( this is what passes for digging here 😊). About an inch or so under the surface,the soil is moist. 
Am I doing more damage exposing the damp soil? Would I be better leaving a dry crust for now?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,007
    Leaving it means missing the window when you can get those weeds out, so maybe in theory, but in practice there's not much option but to disturb the surface. I guess this is where mulching is the best option, to keep that moisture in after you've got the weeds out
    β€œIt's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 3,066
    A dry crust can often act as a rain barrier, causing it to run off away from your plants' roots.Β  I often break it up with a hoe or fork.Β  Aeration is also good for compacted soil, even if it means unearthing some weed seeds and encouraging them to grow!
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,996
    Right .Thanks Both. I was going to pull the weeds and bluebells anyway and the bare soil looks better after a jiggle.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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