Cap on soil

chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,199

With all the rain this winter my soil has developed quite a hard cap.  I am about to mulch with FYM - do i need to break up the cap before I spread the mulch, or will the worms do it for me over time?  I have quite a heavy clay soil, and the garden is all on a gentle slope.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,279

    I would run one of the three pronged cultivators around and then mulch.If you don't have one, you could use a hand fork or even a hoe.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Or a rake?

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,279

    It depends on how much space is between your plants. Mine won't have any gaps until I pull out the forget me nots. If I learnt how   a hoe, I wouldn't have all the forget me nots or poppies, or all the overwintered cerinthe that are just starting to flower.

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,199

    Thanks - i have a hand fork on a long handle (if you see what i mean) - i will do some serious tickling of the surface before i add the fymimage

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,199

    Thanks again - will attack some of it todayimage

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