My wife and I recently renovated a house and property that had been completely overgrown with lots of brush, briars, and poison ivy. We ended up clearing and regrading the property and it became very apparent that we had extremely heavy clay soil that did not drain well at all. Trying to grow a lawn was a disaster as we had standing pockets of water in areas that should have drained but didn’t, and the back of the property, where there were low spots and shade, just stayed swampy for weeks at a time and it was impossible to get lawn to grow there, or even to walk there without sinking up to your ankles in mud.
I found the ClayMend product on the web, and decided to give it a try even though none of my friends who were landscapers, or the people at the local gardening centers, had ever heard of it. I applied ClayMend twice during reseeding in the fall of 2018, and once in spring of 2019 and the difference is amazing. I no longer have any standing water anywhere; my “swamp” in the backyard is now usable property, has a lawn, and can be walked upon without sinking, even right after a rain, and my lawn and shrubs are very healthy. It has become a bit of a problem keeping up with the lawn cutting because it grows so fast, but I can live with that!
As a scientist I was skeptical about how well this might work, but the reasoning behind the product was sound. I did think it would probably take a few years for this to rehabilitate my soil, but it was apparent that it was working after the second treatment. I will continue to use this product because my ground can still use some improvement in certain areas, but the difference is truly incredible after only three treatments.
I would certainly recommend this product for anyone in a similar situation as it has allowed us to rehabilitate property that we thought was going to be a long-term nightmare. It greatly improved our soil drainage and helped us get a really healthy lawn started in a really short time.
[Note added by HumicGreen: John (Jack) R. PhD, FBSE, works at NYU and has worked to develop leading edge technology for the dental industry that will help improve the lives of millions of people. We want to acknowledge his contributions and accomplishments!]