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Re: bermudagrass wars

Well, I was just guessing.  Actually clay gets a bad rap.  It's not always
that bad.  When someone says they have no clay - that's really not that
good.  If you take a look at a soil pyramid
clay plays a part in more than half the area.  Clay helps to retain moisture
and improves cation exchange.  As regards the texture of the soil:
"Texture refers to the composition of the strata according to the USDA soil
pyramid, which classifies soils based on percentages of sand, clay and silt.
A loam has roughly equal amounts of sand, silt and clay. A clayey silt is
predominantly silt with some clay, but may also contain sand, etc."
So if you have a nice loam soil, you do indeed have some clay.  The clay you
reaaly don't want is blue.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2003 5:14 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] bermudagrass wars

> In a message dated 9/2/03 1:15:46 AM, mhobertm@excite.com writes:
> << Hmmm....I bet clay soil would have done a better job of
> holding on to that
> tree. :+) >>
> Kitty, our tornado of 98' didn't recognize the fact our soils were clay.
> lost 9 trees in our garden, several of those uprooted but the home behind
> had an enormous ugly cottonwood and it was pulled up by the roots also.
>     Ceres
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