8E_Soil_Types_Will_Boyd - C AN D O If you have clay soil,...

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S OIL T YPES Soil   can   be   a   gardener's   best   friend   or   worst  enemy.   Good   quality   soil   is   essential   to   the  development   of   healthy   plants.   Unfortunately,  few   of   us   are   lucky   enough   to   naturally   have  good soil. The   three   main  types  of soil are  clay, loam, and sand. Loam  is  the   ideal   soil   type.   However,   most   Southern  gardens have clay soil. To  determine your soil's  type, pick up a small hunk of moist soil and roll  it between  your  fingers.  If you  have  clay  soil,  you'll be able to roll the soil into a marble shape.  With sandy soil, the hunk will immediately fall  apart. With loam, the rolling will stick together  at first but ultimately fall apart. W HAT Y OU
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Unformatted text preview: C AN D O If you have clay soil, you might want to rent or purchase a tiller. Clay soil tends to be compacted, which is bad for drainage and root growth. Organic materials, such as co mpost, peat moss, and manure, improve every soil type. They help bind sandy soil and break up clay soil. Add some organic material and then blend it into the existing soil. Finally, a layer of mulch is a good idea for every soil type. It helps retain moisture and prevent weeds, and keeps the surface porous. With a little extra attention and added materials, and a little time, you can turn your problem soil into an asset. 756818d7c505ad962d3900e63698aa228e2078a6...
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This note was uploaded on 09/16/2011 for the course MSIS 101 taught by Professor Kletke during the Spring '08 term at Oklahoma State.

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