Good soil preparation prior to planting saves money as well as time and energy.
Properly amended soil will help plants establish deeper roots, grow healthier and require less frequent irrigation. The goal is to recreate, as best as possible, natural soil, which is a living ecosystem. Most Colorado soils are very low in organic matter, high in pH, and are often made of heavy clay that has been compacted. Other soils are quite sandy. Adding organics (compost, peat & manure) to clay or sand soils is the single most important thing to do. It not only improves the nutrient content of the soil but it also improves the texture and tilth. Add a 3-5” layer of organic material over the surface of the desired planting area and then mix it into the top six to eight inches.