to bark or not
I have very hard clay in the garden and have dug it over several times, but not in every bed added compost.I have now planted some shrubs and trees and even some flowers.
My problem is that I have lots of bark chippings I bought, but am scared to put it down.
I can't really explain why. I had every intention of putting it down as soon as I cleared the planting beds, but then got cold feet. All the weeds grew back and I had to clear it all again, but still I am a little apprehensive.
Thoughts like how will I dig over the ground with bark on it?
How will my flowers grown next year through it?
How will I add plants to it?
Will the hard clay just be harder/worse?
Should I get it planted up before I add the bark? I have lots of seedlings coming along to plant. Should I even use it at all?