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Re: bermudagrass wars

Kitty: You are as usual, right on all accounts about soil composition.
When I say clay, I guess I'm talking about the stuff you see all along
the river beds every where here in Iowa...thick, clumpy stuff that can
be used to make pottery if one is so inclined...people actually have
that stuff in their yards, buried under just a couple inches of turf
grass...ugh!!!!! I guess I just don't think of loam as containing clay
(although I know it does) just because it is so dark and pretty to look
at, as well as being heavenly to work in. Guess I should know by now
that I have to watch my semantics when I'm talking to this
group...LOL!!!! :-)

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Tue 09/02, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2003 18:34:09 -0500
Subject: Re: [CHAT] bermudagrass  wars

Well, I was just guessing. Actually clay gets a bad rap. It's not
always<br>that bad. When someone says they have no clay - that's really
not that<br>good. If you take a look at a soil pyramid<br>


plays a part in more than half the area. Clay helps to retain
moisture<br>and improves cation exchange. As regards the texture of the
soil:<br>"Texture refers to the composition of the strata according to
the USDA soil<br>pyramid, which classifies soils based on percentages of
sand, clay and silt.<br>A loam has roughly equal amounts of sand, silt
and clay. A clayey silt is<br>predominantly silt with some clay, but may
also contain sand, etc."<br>So if you have a nice loam soil, you do
indeed have some clay. The clay you<br>reaaly don't want is
blue.<br><br>Kitty<br><br><br>----- Original Message ----- <br>From:
<Cersgarden@aol.com><br>To: <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Tuesday,
September 02, 2003 5!

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