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Old 10-28-2019, 07:26 AM   #1
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Transplanting a couple of small bushes I noticed that the water seems to be repelled somewhat on the surface.

Prior ground dirt was mixed with manure/peat added. Will this dry out and loosen some over time (spring?), allowing for bettering moisture entry to roots?

Should this've been placed maybe with some pea gravel?

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Don't over think this.

I don't think I've ever seen any soil that needed gravel or sand.

Organics have to wet before they really allow water to sink in instead of running off. Coarse organics let the water drain and allow more air into the soil. There is a lot of hardwood or pine bark mulch mixed in used by nurseries.

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Don't over think this.

I don't think I've ever seen any soil that needed gravel or sand.

Organics have to wet before they really allow water to sink in instead of running off. Coarse organics let the water drain and allow more air into the soil. There is a lot of hardwood or pine bark mulch mixed in used by nurseries.
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forget the pea gravel.

mix vermiculite in your soil and cover with a thick layer of compost to help retain moisture.
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> Pine Bark **Fines*** <

Basically finely ground pieces of pine bark. Sometimes sold as a soil amendment, you will have to carefully look at the ingredients in the bags. Ideally you want this only in the bag. I found it very hard to find locally when I last looked a couple years ago. This suggestion was from quite a bit of research I did one year to learn about breaking clay in soil, and/or making the ultimate potting soul. Whatever you do don't add sand, that will not help you. You might also be able to make your own pine bark fines from pine bark chips if you have the right equipment, though I doubt a regular chipper would do it. The pieces should be dime sized or smaller, or even dust. The other ingredient was aged organic matter that had been broken down with time and/or supplemental nitrogen, and *spagnum* peat moss.
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I have an 8hp chipper shredder. The shredder puts it out the right size for a soil amendment.

Nurseries tend to use whatever is cheap and available in semi trailer loads.

Pine bark and hardwood bark are both used. Some recommend letting it sit in a pile for a year to start decomposition. Of the two, hardwood bark is better for nitrogen.

If you want to permanently lighten the soil and improve drainage, vermiculite or pearlite will do it. It's an expensive way to go

Keep in mind, what you do or don't do depends on what you-re planting. Increase water retention in something that gets root rot easily and you may have spent time and money to kill your plant.

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