Guide to low-maintenance gardening

From low-water plants to simple projects, our guide to easy gardening will make a green thumb out of anyone

30 easy gardening tips & projects

Discover quick fixes and easy, manageable projects to transform your garden

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Fix your soil
Thomas J. Story

Fix your soil

Common amendments such as compost, manure, wood products, and sphagnum peat moss will replenish your soil. Here’s the best way to add amendments.

Dampen the soil. Water the soil thoroughly and let dry for a few days.

Dig the soil. Go to a depth of about 10 inches. Break up dirt clods, and remove any stones or debris.

Add the amendment. Spread it over the soil. Add fertilizer according to package directions, if desired. Mix with a spading fork, incorporating the amendment evenly into the soil. Level the bed with a rake, breaking up any remaining clods of earth.

Water well. Let the improved soil settle for a few days after watering.

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