Compost or much or both?
The soil in my plant area around the outside of my house is very try and lacks nutrients. (I live in Southern California) In fact it dries out very fast even after watering. I am kind of confused about whether to use compost or mulch to improve the soil. Should I first mix compost into the soil and then layer the soil with mulch? We are restricted to watering twice a week so really need help to keep it moist. Thanks for any information. Dale Miller Temple City, Calif MillerIce3@aol.com
Add both. When you water, add water slow and longer. The mulch will help keep the moisture in check til the next time you water.