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Why is My Garden Soil Hard?

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Why is My Garden Soil Hard?

Gardening is one of the most popular of all hobbies and it offers those who love it a huge amount of satisfaction. All gardeners know the happiness that an attractive yard provides and the way it enhances the appeal of your home. But working in hard soil can make gardening a chore and ruin the look of your garden.


The home you live in means a lot to you and how it looks, both inside and out, is important. There are many reasons why a garden may not bloom as it should and why it may not look as splendid as it is supposed to. You may think that a dull garden is not a major problem like a crack in a wall, but you will be wrong. A home must be attractive and appealing to make it a happy place to live and a healthy and pleasing garden is a major factor in this.

  1. 1. Clay Soil

    Clay soil is one of the most common reasons for hardness of the earth. Not only is clay hard in itself, it is also a bad conductor of water and as the water continues to remain on the surface, the clay compresses even more under the weight. Moreover, the cycle of retaining water and then allowing it to either flow away or evaporate act to bind the soil together even more firmly, making it even harder.

  2. 2. Weather – Rain to Sun

    Long cycles of alternating rain and sunshine can cause soil to become hard. As the rain water seeps down into the subsoil strata, it acts to bind the soil together. As it slowly dries out the soil becomes powdery and loose. The next cycle of dampness acts to bind this powdery soil together and makes it harder. As the cycles of rain and dryness continue, the hardening of the soils only increases.

  3. 3. Garden Soil in Potted Plants

    When soil is placed in flower pots and planters it is being kept within fixed boundaries. The soil cannot expand beyond the sides of the pot or planter. This means that the normal expansion and contraction to the soil through watering and normal climatic fluctuations is hampered and the only way for soil to accommodate any increase in density with the pot is to become more compressed and compacted.

  4. 4. Under Watering

    Under watering is a major cause of hard soil. Many gardeners only use enough water to moisturize the top level of soil. The layers below this become drier and drier. As the soil dries it loses it volume and this dry flaky earth compresses and becomes hard. As time passes the soil can become hard and thick just below the upper layer which prevents anything from growing in it.

  5. 5. Dying Ingredients

    Dead roots, decaying organic matter, and all kinds of elements mixing with the soil can make it hard. All these things work to suck the moisture out of the soil making it dry and hard. As time passes, the soil begins to compact and the hardening process intensifies. Digging up the hard soil can be difficult, but if it is done and all the unwanted matter is removed from it the earth can then be relayed and will remain softer and easier to work with.


    This may involve some hard work but your garden will benefit in the long run. Since you know there is a correlation between your happiness and the health of your garden, this action is worth the commitment. This should be done in the cooler, wetter months so you are not working in the heat and because the ground is easier to dig into and move when it is wet.

  6. 6. Get Your Soil Problems Fixed with RedBeacon

    When you start having hard soil problems in your garden, you can try to identify the cause and fix the problem yourself. But often finding the reason behind the problem is not as easy as it appears and even if the reason is found, finding the right solution is another matter. And it could be that you are not an enthusiastic gardener and all this extra work is too much for you.


    If dealing with hard soil in the garden is something you do not want to handle yourself, for whatever, reason, the best thing to do is to get a professional gardener to look at the problem and identify the best solution. But where do you find a gardener and how can you be sure of his abilities? And one quote is not enough. You need a few, preferably 4, to examine so you can make an informed choice on whom to give the work to.


    The best way to have the problem taken care of is to register your requirements on the RedBeacon website. RedBeacon will match your needs against its extensive database of service providers to and identify gardeners that meet your requirements. RedBeacon will verify the online reviews of the selected gardeners to ensure that the quality of work is up to the mark and then obtain bids which will be forward to you. You can select the gardener of your choice and he will begin work as per the schedule given in the bid. To ensure that you are satisfied with the work done, RedBeacon will wait for 24 hours after the work is completed. You can contact them during that time if you have any problems or are dissatisfied with the work – before releasing the payment to the gardener.

  7. 7. Your Home is Your Castle

    Every homeowner wants his garden to look good, and many devote a lot of time to ensuring that the yard looks as beautiful as possible. But often problems like hard soil arise that are beyond the ability of the homeowner to rectify. You have two options. You can let the garden suffer and affect the look of the house and the pleasure that the family derives from living in it. Alternatively, you can attain an expert to examine the nature of the problem and devise a plan to fix it.

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