Originally Posted by sandman512
What would you suggest?
The only real solution is to break up the compacted layer. Any other suggestion here is a pointless waste of money and time.
A pic of a soil on a site that has the exact
same conditions as you have described here.
As you can see .... the soil looks great above the compacted layer due to coring and compost additions. The soil at the bottom of the core depth remains highly compacted, causing a perched water table to develop which then leads to a soggy, soft, saturated soil above the compacted layer if the irrigation is even slightly too much.