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The soil should be tilled to a depth of 6 inches or more, except in areas where tree roots are growing. Here, you may only be able to dig down 3–4 inches. If you have heavy clay and sandy soil, it should be improved by adding as much as 30% organic matter, such as compost, leaf mold, peat moss or well rotted manure or a combination of these. This will improve aeration, water penetration and infiltration.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|