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Adding worms to clay soil - worth it?

There's little point in adding worms to soil which seems to have none, they'll just go elsewhere - the thing to add is as much organic material as possible, so if you can get hold of things like leaf ...
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Clay filled lawn with bad drainage, needs solution

This sounds like a lot of work. The picture you show of the backyard looks nicer than some other lawns I have seen where people have a maintenance firm do the fertilizing and cutting. Just some ...
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Clay filled lawn with bad drainage, needs solution

You will want 3-4" diameter perforated pipes in the stone layer (also sloped 1"/10ft), and you will probably also want filter fabric on both sides of the stone layer, or it will become a layer of clay ...
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How can I soften clay soil and enrich it for plants?

You need to incorporate as much humus rich material into the soil as you possibly can, so that means things like composted animal manures, good garden compost you've made yourself, leaf mould, spent ...
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Garden smells of dog urine due to no drainage

The drainage is the problem. Until the soil dries out the smell will likely continue. However there might be at least a temporary solution - how about if you build a couple of raised sand boxes? If ...
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How can I soften clay soil and enrich it for plants?

I'll add in to the fine answer above that the unwanted plants can do a rather good job at loosening up the soil, so don't look at them as enemies, but as limited term employees that will help in your ...
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Liriope muscari - why no flowers?

The other plants you've used will be perfectly happy with heavy clay soil in partial shade, but Liriope prefers a well draining soil which is fairly rich - usually achieved by incorporating composted ...
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Garden smells of dog urine due to no drainage

If it pools on the surface, as opposed to immediately absorbing into the soil, the soil doesn't have enough drainage. As you said, the soil is clay-like. You need to improve soil drainage and aeration ...
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Garden smells of dog urine due to no drainage

One of my dogs (female) loves to pee on mulch. My other dog (male) loves to pee on objects (not surfaces). If she were peeing where I didn't want her to and I wished her to pee somewhere else I would ...
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Clay filled lawn with bad drainage, needs solution

If your looking to make sure the grass actually performs well, you should be sure to amend the soil with a decent amount of compost. I'd recommend at least 1 inch, but if it was me and I was making ...
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Heavy wet clayey soil - grit, sand or perlite?

Apart from the heavy soil, your primary problem is lack of sunlight in the growing area. What you need is somewhere that gets all the sun that's going, but a minimum of 8 hours a day is essential (...
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What are good evergreens for a windbreak on heavy clay soil?

Probably the toughest one that will tolerate the conditions you mention is Prunus laurocerasus, commonly known as cherry laurel. There are a few varieties of this plant now,some with narrower, neater ...
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What are good evergreens for a windbreak on heavy clay soil?

I have Trachelospermum Jasminoides, Fake Jasmine, for this. It copes well with clay and wind. It fares less well in the shadier parts of the garden but does survive. You wil need a trellis or similar ...
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How can I remove or disperse clay soil stuck in/on grass

Small volumes will disperse of themselves, given time - even larger ones if you have frosts (that freeze the water in the clay so it expands and 'shatters') but, yes, a rake should gather together any ...
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Potential drainage issue?

The easiest way I see would be to dig a DRY WELL. Right where that water is pooling dig a sizeable hole; 6X4', and line the hole with landscape fabric, then fill with drain rock, cover with landscape ...
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Potential drainage issue?

Examine as best you can how the city sidewalk was laid, and what depth of foundation layer was created. You will be looking for several inches of coarse aggregate which will allow the water to pass ...
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Do I need to mix rice husk and clay soil?

Loam, a soil type considered by many to be the optimal garden soil, is composed of 45 percent sand, 25 percent silt, 25 percent clay, and 5 percent organic matter. Clay is composed of the tiniest of ...
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What are good evergreens for a windbreak on heavy clay soil?

Elaeagnus x ebbingei and Elaeagnus × ebbingei 'Limelight' (a nicely variegated type) are both fast growing, tough evergreens. As ever, you'll get the best results if you plant and maintain the shrubs ...
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Adding worms to clay soil - worth it?

As mentioned in Bamboo's answer, maybe worms would not be useful, but it would probably be worth seeding your added organic material with beneficial mycorrhizae and other microbes. There may also be ...
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How can we grow grass in our heavy clay yard?

Normally a light tilling to break up the clay, apply some topsoil and grass seed on top, rake lightly so the seed is about 1/8 inch deep into the topsoil and cover 100% with hay and keep watering ...
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How can we grow grass in our heavy clay yard?

Regarding growing grass in clay...I have never seen anything but the best lawns in clay! Living here in the Northeast, I have only experienced a great, thick, plush lawn from a clay type soil. A lot ...
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Adding clay soil to compost

I purify my clay by adding water, allowing to stand a little bit then taking the suppernatent portion and allowing it to settle in a seperate container. Then allowing it to dry out thoroughly and ...
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How to revive a low nitrogen and rocky soiled lawn?

I see a few problems right away: Fertilizers are known to displace natural nutrients in the soil use a polyculture seed mix as all the plants using the same nutrients in the soil, adding clover to ...
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How can I remove or disperse clay soil stuck in/on grass

Get a hose and wash it off. Save some wear and tear on your grass and yourself. The extra soil spread and washed into the sod is great. Next time, grab a cheap plastic tarp to throw any debris or ...
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How can I soften clay soil and enrich it for plants?

Clay is a type of soil that is composed of many very very tiny particles, and its nature is to retain water (poor water drainage, causing waterlogging and root rot) when wet, and to form large (hard ...
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Can blueberry bushes survive in clay soil long term with the right help?

You should fertilize and acidify soil every year. On a clay soil, acidophile plants have more difficult to get nutrients. I'm not happy also with my blueberries (also on clay soil). Having made a ...
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What fruit trees to grow in clay soil - USDA hardiness zone 9a/10?

Tree fruits like apples and pears should do fine on clay soil. Your winter temperatures are low enough to make them dormant (which is necessary for fruiting) but nowhere near cold enough to damage ...
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Landscaper dumped clay dirt over lawn

Hmmm... clay is a funny thing to work with. It is a perfectly natural type of soil which tends to cling tightly to nutrients so rarely needs fertilizer, and only cracks when it gets very dry. When ...
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Garden space in a basement with dirt space

I'd be quite concerned about water leaking from your plants into the surrounding area. I presume you are in a place with winter. You will be risking water-ice damage to various things behind the wall. ...
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