Knowing the Do's and Don'ts will improve your soil naturally
Do use raised beds and berms where it is possible to do so and raise 'em as
high as you can.
Do turn your soil as deep as possible even if you intend to raise it. Double
digging the soil where possible is the ideal method to use.
Do top dress with rock powders and other organic materials and scratch them into
the top 3 to 6" of ammended soil.
Do encourage birds, frogs, toads, lizards and other benenficial critters to nest
on your property.
Do apply and maintain a 3 to 6" layer of organic mulch over the bare ground to
encourage the growth of earthworms and other micro and macro organisms.
Do feed your soil natural organic foods and minerals to provide nutrients for
earthworms and the other micro and macro organisms that are vital to healthy
vigerous soil. They, in turn, will convert these soil foods into a nutrient
warehouse, allowing your plants to feed selectively.
Don't import sandy loams or other foreign soils to mix with native clay soils.
Improve your existing soild quality while using it.
Don't use wood mulch at more than 10% of the total amount of soil volume. It can
be harmful and costly in larger amounts.
Don't purchase bagged goods such as top soil, potting soil and cow manure sold by
the pound as amendments for clay soil.
Don't eliminate all native soil when planting azeleas. Try working 10 to 30% native
soil into your favorite azelea mix.
Don't use chemical perticides, herbicides, fungecides, or any other 'cide that can
harm beneficial organisms and pollute our environment.