green clay soil

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mrkosar, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. mrkosar

    mrkosar LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    anyone know why a heavy clay soil has a light green tint to it? what mineral is it overabundant in? also, i am telling them to aerate at least once a year, plus possibly put down some gypsum. any other suggestions to help turn the green soil brown?
     
  2. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Is it on the surface? Algae?
     
  3. mrkosar

    mrkosar LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 664

    it is about 3-4 inches down. they have about 3/4 inch of thatch, then 1-2 inches of brown soil, then the soil becomes a dull light green color. i've never seen anything like it.

    here are two pics. i hope they show you what i'm talking about. anyone know anything about this or have seen it themselves? it is in just a small part of a new development.

    green soil.JPG

    green soil 1.jpg
     
  4. mrkosar

    mrkosar LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 664

    those were horrible. look at these.

    green soil.JPG

    green soil 2.jpg
     
  5. livingsoils

    livingsoils LawnSite Member
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    Couldn't tell by the pics but the soil could be anaerobic. Smell it, if it foul smelling that is probably your culprit. I would aerate and put gypsum down.
     
  6. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Oh...I thought you meant it was on the surface.

    Gypsum and greensand, topdressing, granular tea and aeration are some options...
     
  7. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,368

    Really can't see much in the pics. Have the soil tested.
     

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