Top Questions About Soil Problems

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Questions About Soil Problems

Asked by
grlscout4lfe on
June 13, 2011

Q. How Do You Get Rid of Clay in Your Yard?

How do you get rid of clay in your yard?

Answered by
Heather on
June 17, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

There are a few ways to do this. You can take the straight forward method to amending clay soil:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm

You can also try the lasagna method of amending:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/lasagna-gardening.htm

Both will help with treating your soil so that it does not ahve so much clay in it.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 16, 2011

Q. Nitrogen Deficiency

We have 18 acres and we tested the soil and there is a nitrogen deficiency. What is the best and least expensive way to correct this?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 17, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

I would recommend spreading composted manure. This will add nitrogen and is relatively inexpensive, particularly if you compost it yourself.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 20, 2011

Q. Calcium In Soil

The soil I purchased has too much calcium, 5466 ppm. How can I reduce the level of calcium?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 21, 2011
Certified Expert
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Too much calcium (or too high a pH) can tie up all other nutrients, especially magnesium, potassium, boron, zinc and copper. To lower the calcium level in your soil, you'll basically have to lower its pH. The best way to do this is too add granular sulfur to the soil. About 1 pound of sulfur per fifty feet will lower the pH 1 point. This will need to be worked or tilled into the soil. Other things you can try to lower the pH levels in your soil include adding sphagnum peat or diluted vinegar.

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Asked by
raeleigh on
July 1, 2011

Q. how to treat soil for root rot

How do you treat the soil for root rot?

Answered by
Heather on
July 6, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

If it is root rot related to drainage issues, you need to improve drainage. Often drainage issues are related to lack of drain holes in containers and clay or low spots if in the yard. If in a container, make sure the container has drainage holes and that those holes are open. In the ground, these articles will help you fix the possible issues:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/yard-drainage-problems.htm

If the root rot is caused by a fungal issue, in most cases, treating the soil with a fungicide will correct the problem. There are a few forms of root rot fungus though that cannot be killed with a fungicide and the plant must be removed and destroyed.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 1, 2011

Q. Dirt

My dirt has become very hard. It is clay like. How do I get it to be soft and not clump up?

Asked by
Anonymous on
July 17, 2011

Q. Roots

I have tiny roots, from I don’t know where, that are so thick I cannot get a shovel into the ground. These are not roots like from a tree. They are very small and dense.

Answered by
Cathy on
July 21, 2011
A.

What is growing in that area? You need to see if you can figure out what plant these roots might be coming from. You might also want to contact your local extension office (found under government in the phone book). They can better help you determine where the roots are coming from and how to deal with them.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 26, 2011

Q. Old Plastic Sheeting

I just moved into a place that was vacant for 20-25 years. We found old, disintegrated black plastic sheeting in the garden area under the grass and weeds. It is impossible to pick up as it just falls apart. Will it be harmful to my flowers/herbs or vegetables if it is tilled into the soil. It had been there over 20 years.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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No, it will not harm the plants or make them unsafe to eat.

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