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Q.Ruts & Bumps In CLAY Soil

Zone 44720, zone 6a | Anonymous added on June 3, 2022 | Answered

Back 1/2 acre (open green space) appeared to be not top priority over the decades that the house/lot was here. We, as new owners, find it a bumpy ride indeed back there, as obviously it was only grass & not sod to begin with, and previous owners probably mowed with their lawn tractor in 1 direction most of the time. Soil has clay and stones, your typical Ohio soil. What can we do to remedy this so that our teeth dont come out of our heads while operating the John Deere?

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Answered on June 13, 2022

Probably the easiest thing to do is to have topsoil brought in and build up a layer of soil several inches thick on top of the rocky soil. This article gives some ideas for plants that do well in rocky soils.


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