Hi Dirt Mechanic,
Your reading what ive said wrong,
the 4inch compost over growing area"s ie borders is the way a lot of gardeners keep weeds down,
If you've a big area then it'll take you time to build up such an amount
And this is why its a life saver for the large area"s, The more ground you cover and slow down thge weed growing time , The more time you have to do other things;
Now ref spreading sand/compost in the holes after you've made the holes,
Then do one smaller area at a time,
I never said gardening was easy,
I live for my country life style and enjoy both learning new ways and never get to the stage we're i think " Im not enjoying this anymore"
If i did then its time to do things a bit differently,
Im pleased we have such a large amount of good machines /tools these days that make a lot of the jobs a lot less labour tiring.