Hello Gardeners! I recently purchased my first house, and as an apartment dweller until now I have little gardening experience. My new home is in Southern Vancouver Island, and the clay is rock hard and dried out clay which seems to bear hardy any grass, lots of weeds, and the pre-existing plants like hostas and the like, are very sad and straggly looking. Winter is coming, and I'd like to do some stuff with this place next year, so is there any specific treatments I can apply to my sad little garden over the wet and cold winter to get my garden set for next growing season? I have heard applying bark mulch or wood chips can to great things, but I'd love to hear what you folks suggest. Thanks is advance!