Zach Weiss wrote:It sounds like your land has been heavily compacted at some point. Adding texture to the land with earthworks will help alleviate this problem. As you make the earthworks the soil is loosened, this will help break up the hard brittle layer you are describing. It is very important for the surface of the soil not to see the sun. This will cause it to dry out and make your problems even worse. Lupins, nettles, and other deep rooted soil improving plants will also help break up this brittle layer.