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Landscape Newsletter Summer 2001

 

Completing a Soil Analysis

Taking a Soil Sample

The first step toward preparing a site for planting is to undertake a soil analysis. The soil on a particular site can vary from one section to the next - it is important to understand the condition of the soil so you can make the appropriate plant selection. With a soil test, you will be able to select the best plants for the existing soil conditions, or if necessary, recondition your soil to improve its quality.


 

SOIL TYPE

Soil Test

Sandy Loam

Silty Loam

Loam

Clay Loam

Clay

Soil Cast

cast will not break when handled carefully

cast will not break when handled carefully

cast can be freely handled without breaking

cast will endure considerable handling without breaking

cast may be molded into many shapes without breaking

Soil Thread

thread is readily broken, thick and crumbly

thread is readily broken, thick and crumbly

thread can be pointed to pencil lead thickness that is readily broken

thread is strong and can be rolled to a pinpoint

thread is strong and elastic and can be rolled to a pinpoint

Soil Ribbon

soil will not form a ribbon

soil will not form a ribbon

soil will form a short, thick ribbon that easily breaks

soil will form a thin ribbon that breaks easily

soil will form a long, thin ribbon that does not easily break

 

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