Revitalizing soil after construction
I am about to do a project that will disturb the soil
in my backyard, as I dig long, deep trenches for
geothermal pipes. I was thinking this is a good time
to implement another thing I have been thinking of.
I have long thought og having the top few inches
of soil carted away and replaced with compose or topsoil.
I have a small city lot, and all the soil is very hard
packed dirt that struggles to grow much. (except no problem growing the last vestiges of a Black Locust
that we did not want and that had to be removed
for the construction :-).
My questions are,
a) will just digging up the soil, turning it be beneficial?
b) should I have more dirt carted away and bring in some kind of compost?
c) Is it useful to mix compost or potting soil with the soil being disturbed by the work?
I do have some compost and some almost-mature humanure, but not a lot.
I printed out David Hall's article about sources of cheap compost...will refer to that.
Is there anything else I can do to the soil,
eg, wet it, etc. so that it will be more fertile?
Seth in North Jersey