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what in the world is loam?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by gammon landscaping, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 550

    we have topsoil, clay, rock, sandy soil, and a few variations of each here but i have never heard of loam till i got on here. can anyone tell me what this is?
  2. CutRight

    CutRight LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 257

    loam is an even mixture of sand, silt, and clay. its basically topsoil, but topsoil is a word that more describes where the soil is found. loam is used as a topsoil.
  3. Gmgbo

    Gmgbo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382

    cutright, where do you get your loam around here? i dont like driving all the way to torrington to get it.
  4. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    I don't know that you can buy loam. It's more a matter of the makeup of the soil. You can create loam through topdressing over a considerable length of time though. A long time!
  5. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    the only place around me that i have found to seel it is Pond Spring nursery in Monroe,.... compared to the best of everyone else's topsoil.... this stuff was great. i havent found anyone else who has it though.... $40 a yard...
  6. CutRight

    CutRight LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 257

    well normally i just buy "screened topsoil" from Scalia's on Rt. 72. But i'm doing this lawn now that has absolutely no loam, topsoil, whatever you wanna call it and theres this other place on Rt. 72 that the guy makes his own out of leaf compost and other stuff. its supposed to be really good. so im looking into it tonight actually....and iv got another source of good topsoil that is available currently that i could sell to you if you want. im also looking into that stuff to see how good it is....long story short, if you need topsoil, message me or something and i can get it for you. or just call my phone 860-655-6145.
  7. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    im going to be needing probably another 10 yards, because of all the seed and topsoil work i did last week got washed away yesterday, i spent yesterday pumping water out of my basement and out of my garage, thank god i put everything up on racks so no trimmers,blowers anything like that got soaked. but my basement..... thats another story.
  8. Mbsausage

    Mbsausage LawnSite Member
    Posts: 31

    i'm in lebanon( near casino) and i get my soil from local farms. there generally cheapest. there are tons of farms your way , call and ask. i got 18 yards delivered for $200 yesterday thats $11 a yard. nice and clean to.
  9. maintenanceguy

    maintenanceguy LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 156

    Silt is one of the many classifications of soil.

    Soil has 4 components, sand (large particles), silt (medium sized particles), and caly (the smallest particles), and organic matter.

    The percentages of the first 3 determine soil type.

    Here's a chart of the different types.


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