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Garden Soil Problems and Solutions

Read about different garden soil problems and how to fix them, from aerating compacted soil to dealing with waterlogged ground.



Don’t plant in compacted soil. If you’d like to plant an area later but need to use it or walk over it for a while, lay down and travel over boards, which will redistribute your weight more evenly and tend to mitigate soil compaction.
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Organized by common garden topics and designed to be easily dipped in and out of, “The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers” offers nuggets of wisdom based on author Teri Dunn Chace’s years of hands-on gardening experience. Advice is humorously supported by Colleen Coover’s delightful illustrations.
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Plant moisture-loving plants in an area with waterlogged soil. Among annuals, this includes angelonia, impatiens, and even pansies.
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Turning over the soil every spring is a popular garden ritual, so entrenched that few gardeners ever question it. But it’s also hard work, especially tough on your back, and it can be distressing to watch what often follows—a weed explosion.
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Make it your standard practice to improve soil before adding any plant at any time.
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