Shredded paper as mulch

by Amy E.
(Texas, DFW area)

My garden soil is very much clay even after working it in with amendments through the years. I have a great deal of shredded paper from excess bills, advertisements, etc. (no coated paper). Would incorporating this into the soil help? If so, how do I do it?

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May 02, 2011
Turning Texas Clay Into Soil
by: George

Hi Amy, yep, been there, done that, turned clay into 50cm deep black loam by using "No Dig" principles. Before I went No-Dig" I used a compost trench system where I dug a 30cm wide X 60cm deep and buried anything compostable including newsprint, seaweed, lawn clippings, manure etc and planted over it. Next autumn I dug another trench alongside the first and repeated the treatment. Then I had a heart attack and now cannot dig so I went No-Dig, plenty of info on Google so won't describe it here. Simply you breakup the clay and leave it rough then build a bed within say) 30cm boxing around it and let the biota and worms which are "hiding" in your clay breakdown the No-Dig materials and in a few months you should have wonderful soil to plant in. If you need any more info my email is

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