Do you guys do this?
A few years ago I saw something interesting on a garden show. The host was explaining that when you walked around the garden when the soil was wet it compacted the soil. He said that you could avoid this by putting a board down to disperse your weight across a larger area to lessen the compaction.
I was wondering how many use this method? Do you even bother? How in the world do you do this if you have plants planted close together? As it is I have to tip-toe across the garden to avoid stepping on anything! The host on the show demonstrated in this bed with coneflowers and spirea spaced about five feet apart (lol!) so it was very easy for him to get around.
Any other ways you like to either lessen compaction of the soil or loosen up hard packed soil without disturbing the plants?