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Soil sinking after watering

Discussion in 'Container Gardening' started by The Early Bushman, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. The Early Bushman

    The Early Bushman Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi folks, i have not been active for a while just have had a lot on the last while. anyway i have planted some stuff and after watering the soil has sunk 2.5 inches. i try not to compact the soil too much when planting i would gently push down on the soil. i know that this will always happen and that all it takes is just some topping up but i am interested in hearing any suggestions which works for you to either minimise or completely prevent this. i used to compact gently with my hand then tap the pots but i found sometimes this was too much.
     
  2. Verdun

    Verdun Passionate gardener

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    First thought, The Early Bushman, is that you do not firm your soil enough when planting. :) Soil compaction is one thing but firming soil is important. As simple as this I think.
    Soil level should not drop like that after watering.

    What are you planting? Why do you feel "sometimes this was too much"?

    When I plant anything I firm with my fists at the very least; trees and shrubs with my feet. :)
     
  3. Jiffy

    Jiffy The Match is on Fire

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    Soil will allways settle if moved, for me compacted soil means like concrete
     
  4. Verdun

    Verdun Passionate gardener

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    Jiffy, not that firm :)

    It does depend on the soil but soil sinking by 2.5 inches after watering does suggest it is not firm enough.
     
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