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Zone 6A | Geezer67 added on November 13, 2023 | Answered

I just scattered 9 inches of horse manure/straw mix on future garden site (next spring). Should I till it in now or wait until spring?

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Answered on November 14, 2023

The decision to till before winter or after depends on factors like weed control and soil aeration. Tilling before winter exposes weed roots and enhances soil aeration, while tilling in spring preserves soil structure and avoids disturbing beneficial organisms. When incorporating manure, it's generally beneficial to do so in the fall before winter, allowing it to break down and enrich the soil over the dormant season.

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