Throughout and after heavy rains, it’s normal for the soil in your backyard to develop into compacted, particularly in the event you stroll over it or drag wheelbarrows and heavy equipment by way of it. The water permits superb clay particles to mix along with coarser particles and type dense clumps. This closes off any pores that permit water run all the way down to the roots of the crops, and it suppresses oxygen from getting by way of. It additionally leaves no room for earthworms and different organisms to do their jobs. With compacted soil, you will find yourself with water pooling on high, however not sufficient of it, if any, making its method under the floor to the roots that basically want it. All that water collected above the soil additionally results in erosion, however we’ll get extra into that later.
Keep away from issues with compaction by letting the backyard relaxation after an enormous rain. Tilling soaked soil will simply make issues worse, so depart the wheelbarrow within the shed and let the soil dry out earlier than you do something. For areas that show constantly problematic, work mulch and compost into the bottom as soon as it is dry as a way to enhance its quantity of natural matter. When it comes time to plant for subsequent season, fill in naked gaps with cowl crops like oats, clovers, buckwheat, and alfalfa.