Originally Posted by Smallaxe
If SOM is the magic bean that improves soil,,, then we needn't concern ourselves with water interaction with soils... drainage and retention need to be in balance and structure needs to go deeper into the profile every year or the cultural practices are sub-standard...
so is better structure built when the surface is never dry??? or ,,, is the structure more productive when the soil(not just the grass) is allowed to dry to the depth of an inch or more???
I say the latter... am I wrong??? What can specifically
answer this question???
Does anyone want to bet that anything can happen OTHER THAN a specific answer to that question...
No there is no "magic bean". Did you forget to read this line in my post?
As I have said many times, there is no miracle bullet: nutrition, irrigation, cultural methods, soil parent material, physical structure and microbes all play important roles in healthy turf. And healthy turf does not just mean green grass.
The best specific answer to your question is "irrigation techniques alone will not build soil structure". So my question to you is why do you think irrigation is the "magic bean"?