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I have just bought a home and am new to gardening. I was very excited about filling my backyard with color but as I started to dig a hole in the already made beds I discovered two layers of a weed preventing ground cover and under that was a layer of red rock followed by clay and rock. I realize the best thing to do would be to replace it all with a better soil but do you know of a less expensive way? Should I remove some layers?
Submitted by nitsirk4981

Hi,

 

Thanks for writing. You basically have two choices --- you can start digging out sectons at a time and filling them with good soil, or you can build raised planters over the ground and fill those with good soil. The latter choice is a bit eaiser.

 

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com

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