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Heavy clay

 
              
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The soil in my yard is heavy clay, so much so that today I noticed that this hot dry weather has put some pretty big cracks in the ground around my yard.  In the back this isn't a supprise, as it is very much a work in progress and much of it is just dirt with little to no mulch at the moment.  In the front there is a lawn that I am pretty sure was an instant lawn installation about a year ago by the previous owner of our house.

I was wondering what I could do to help out the conditions around the yard.  In the back I know I need to get some ground cover in, and some compost/mulch material.  Can I put compost on the already established lawn in front?  Some of the lawn is pretty thin as well.  I was also wondering if clay soil would call for more or less water, or just the standard inch a week. 

I use a push reel mower by the way, and leave the clippings on that lawn unless they are super thick.
 
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Your soil is in serious need of organic matter.  The clippings are the best start.  If you can be patient a few years, it will slowly get better. 

Patience is gold to the cheap and lazy. 

Are you patient?

 
              
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I am, but my wife....


Not so much.  Luckily I am the one doing all the work, so I get to call the shots.
 
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Keep fertilizing and keep mowing high and keep leaving those clippings.  The soil will get better and better every year with no further effort on your part.

A little lime dust on the surface will encourage earthworms to do their thing, and that will help too.

 
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