East Texas Ag News: Avoid tilling saturated soil when prepping garden

East Texas Ag News: Avoid tilling saturated soil when prepping garden

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - It’s that time of year where many gardeners are getting an itch to till and work up their garden soil.

Parts of East Texas are still soggy from recent rains which makes the soil too wet to work.

Agents at the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service in Angelina County say it’s best for your garden’s long-term health to resist the urge to work the soil when it is wet. Working wet soil can badly compact soil, and the negative effects will last for many years.

Compacted soil also makes it more difficult for plant roots and gardening equipment to move through the soil. Once compacted, it will take many years to rebuild a healthy soil structure.

If you want a quick test to see if your garden is dry enough to work dig a trowel full of soil and squeeze it in your hand.

Soil that crumbles through your fingers when squeezed is ready to garden. But if the soil forms a muddy ball give it a few more days and try again.

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