To transform clay-like soil into healthy, life-giving soil, break it up with a mix of Gromulch and about 25 pounds of gypsum per five square feet of soil. Help your soil support life with the aid of this free video on using soil.
Hi, my name is Rick Feldman with Gardens by Rick. And in this clip, we're going to show you how to break up clay soil. Okay, once you've established that you have clay soil, you need to gather your materials that you need to get the job done right. So, the first thing you need, the most important thing, is gypsum. And gypsum is very important in breaking down clay like soil, and you need to get a lot of it. In fact, I recommend a few, I'd say, a 25 pound bag per five square feet, per five square feet, for the gypsum. What you want to do is, you want to take the gypsum. You want to apply it to the ground in a nice pile. In addition to the gypsum, you also want to put some good, natural Gromulch. Trace minerals that have all the trace nutrients that the soil needs to hold moisture. And to allow water absorption for the roots and for the plant to be healthy. So, basically, you put the two materials together. You put your gypsum, you put your Gromulch on top and then, you mix it. And I'll demonstrate right now. You get a pick or a shovel, some sort of mixing tool that's comfortable for you. And you want to get this in at least 12 inches into the ground, would be really great for the soil. So, you take your gypsum, you put it on top of the ground. And then, you turn it up. As you see, this is the problem with clay like soil. It stays together, it's hard, it's very hard for roots to make their way through there and grow. So, it needs to be broken down. So, you're mixing that with the gypsum, mix it in with your hands. The end result, after you mix the gypsum in, will be a completely different type of soil. You'll have good, healthy, rich soil, that will be able to give life to plants, vegetables, trees and other things. That weren't able to survive in that clay like soil before. And this dark color is signs of healthy, healthy, life giving soil. So, once you have that consistency, you gray the area and plant whatever you want to plant. Again, my name is Rick and that is how you break up clay soil.