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If I added 4 inches of well rotted cow muck on to the top of the soil - In the long term (6 - 12 months) would the height of the soil be raised, or would the muck just absorb itself into the soil and the height return to where it was before it was added?
The cow muck would be incorporated into the soil by worms and beetles and other invertebrates, and by the action of the weather.
The level of the soil would be raised but only infinitesimally as the components of the manure would be broken down into fine grains in the soil.
You wouldn't notice a difference in the height of the bed within a few months.
But if you do it year after year,it does bit,by bit as the soil type changes.