Ways to Work with Clay While Landscaping

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Landscaping provides many people with a fun hobby and no small amount of hurdles to overcome. It can also be difficult and tremendously rewarding, making it a great option for anyone looking for something interesting to do outdoors. From decoration to planting and maintenance to planning, there is always something new on the horizon.

Today, this newness takes the form of working with clay. Clay is an integral part of the soil, but it is much more versatile than this singular use. Let’s look at some of the best ways to use clay while landscaping. 

Decoration

Perhaps the best use for pure clay during landscaping is decoration. After all, you can buy clay vases, pots and containers. Or, you can make your own designs and decorations in a fun, messy activity. Here are just a few ways to make your own clay designs.

Pinch Pot

The pinch pot method of clay works by taking a lump of clay and driving your fingers into the centre of the mass. Then, you slowly pull away from the centre, thinning the walls of the pot and raising the height. You can use this method to start the base of a fun sculpture project, which is limited only by your imagination.

Coil Method

The coil method starts by working your clay into a thin, worm-like structure. You can then use this long string to craft different objects. A pot can be made by stacking lengths on top of one another, coiling upwards to form the walls of the pot. 

As a Soil Amendment 

If your soil is loose and unable to retain moisture, the chances are that you need more clay in the mix. Adding clay as a soil amendment helps create denser, tighter-packed soil. This can be beneficial in the right circumstances, but be careful not to overdo it. 

Plant Clay-resistant Perennials

Clay-resistant perennials, like Russian Sage or Cranesbill, can be a great choice for those with clay-heavy soil. This can be a great option for those who wish to make the most out of the soil they currently have. 

Get Advice, Supplies and Product Information Today

Working with clay may not be every landscaper’s first thought, but this material presents a wide array of options to work with. Plus, it is easy to find and can provide a bit of a challenge to your gardening efforts. For best results, contact Soil Kings. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can provide you with ideas, information and materials to make any clay-related project easier and more enjoyable. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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