I was doing some interesting reading tonight and now I'm confused. Can ya'll help me out here?
Our house was finished late last winter and all the "good stuff" was stripped off our lot, leaving compacted clay behind. We have our sod established and have planted a few trees, but now are turning our thoughts toward mixed beds in the front of the house. The book I was reading tonight said to NOT turn over whole beds because of stirring up unwanted weed seeds and disturbing the microbial life. My original plans were to till the tar out of the beds and amend with organic matter like a mad woman before I planted anything else.
So, now I'm confused. Should I go with my original plan and till/amend before I plant??? Or should I lay out some newspaper, put 5-8 inches of amended topsoil over it and call it a day, forgetting that extremely heavy machinery was rolling all over these areas just 10 short months ago? Or, should I just amend the holes where I'm going to be planting??? I'm planting mostly perennials, about 80 of them, so that's a lot of holes. I'd really appreciate any help ya'll could offer. I learn so much on this forum :)