Hard soil

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by VO Landscape Design, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a planting along a 3 year old garage, 25' x 2'. The ground is almost impregnable, some leftover gravel but mostly soil. Shovel digging is next to impossible and tiller would just run across the top. I am a single operator with basic equipment. I was thinking maybe renting a post hole digger then tilling after. Any other tricks or ideas?
    Thanks VO
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  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pick-axe,,, then add compost and other ncessary ammendments, before it goes back to its natural state...
     
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    But Iowa has good soil everywhere. I am thinking moisture--and plenty of it--is the key. Sandy soil gets soupy. And clay gets like jello. You may have to wait for a few days of rain.
     
  4. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
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    I thought of that shortly after I posted. Have to wait for it to be in the shade, 100 degree days. Definitely needs amendments.
    VO
     
  5. wrager

    wrager LawnSite Member
    from ATL
    Posts: 164

    Baby shampoo at 3oz. per gallon (I use generic stuff). Then use a soaker hose and trickle for 24hr. Works well.
     

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