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Old 01-13-2013, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Smallaxe View Post
I guess we got somebody that thinks he's clever enough to play "Gotcha", so nothing will ever make sense in this thread... imagine believing that irrigation waters never hit, puddle or disrupt soil structures in lawns... only in cropped ag fields...

Anyways, turfmd101, did an excellent job recognizing the point of the article and actually contributed his opinion about correct irrigation management... I have to say I agree with his ideas about what is correct... I might even move the discussion a little more forward and say that his management practice enhances soil structure and even microbial well-being...

I'm just reading my way through the winter months, locating and analysing various interesting, easy to understand articles about soil structure and maintaining healthy plants, as a result... If those people who know so much think I'm ignorant becuz of comments I make about what I've read,,, then discuss where I went wrong... this childish "Gotcha" foolishness, only serves to remind me of someone else who want to be an,...

Otherwise I appreciate those who help me to think things through and assimilate the abstract concepts that sometime allude the little gray cells...
Hold one there, Tex! There's no "gotcha" here -- you're misusing (or misunderstanding) the info! Info from production ag doesn't always apply the same way to lawns and landscapes! Irrigation water doesn't hit soil in lawns the same way that it hits bare soil in tilled crop fields. Soil structure means someting totally different in lawns than in crops. In crops, large clods in the field that make the surface bumpy and uneven are desirable. The same doesn't apply to lawns.

Turf md had a great point saying that areas with different soils or different plants can't all be watered the same way -- but that is so basic that I didn't think we needed to mention that here. Besides, your link doesn't mention it, either.

Anyone can google 'soil structure' and link to all sorts of articles. But, it takes some deeper understanding of soils to know how to apply the information to your particular application. Soil structure is a part of all types of plant production, but its role is different for ag crop production, lawn maintenance, and ornamental production. The exact procedures that benefit one application may not benefit another application.

Googling a topic, reading it, and regurgitating it is nothing more than repition -- monkey see, monkey do. Learning when and how to change behaviors to fit your particular application is true understanding.
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