How do you get rid of clay in your yard?
There are a few ways to do this. You can take the straight forward method to amending clay soil:
You can also try the lasagna method of amending:
Both will help with treating your soil so that it does not ahve so much clay in it.
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?
I would recommend spreading composted manure. This will add nitrogen and is relatively inexpensive, particularly if you compost it yourself.
The soil I purchased has too much calcium, 5466 ppm. How can I reduce the level of calcium?
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.
How do you treat the soil for root rot?
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:
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.
My dirt has become very hard. It is clay like. How do I get it to be soft and not clump up?
These articles should help:
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.
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.
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.
No, it will not harm the plants or make them unsafe to eat.