A little background before my question. First, I have extremely sandy soil. However, I also have to deal with a soil variety we call caliche. Caliche can be used as a substitute to concrete so I avoid compaction because it seems to create a crust that seedlings have trouble breaking through.
Now to my question. Birds ate me out of house and home on my first plantings, so I replanted my lettuce, beets, and romaine lettuce. I know it may be too late, but I figured it didn't hurt to try.
I left the gate open and a dog got into the garden. Every where he stepped on my rows, the seedlings emerged earlier and seem to be doing better. His pawprints created inch deep holes, at the least. I plan to start sowing the warmer season stuff this week and was wondering if you all would recommend compacting more, or if this may only help early and be a problem later. My apologies on being long winded, just wanted to explain the full situation.