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where to get clay soil?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fga, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    where would one go to find clay for a landscape project... to use instead of topsoil? i've never heard of purchasing it.
  2. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    Your bulk place doesn't sell it by the ton? Call around & I'll bet you find it.
  3. Rinker97

    Rinker97 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    My house is a great place to find it whether I want it or not. lol
  4. Forest

    Forest LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    Come over here with a fleet of dump trucks and you can have all you'll ever need :waving:
  5. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 607

    Check with the promotors/owners of your area stock car dirt tracks. Clay makes some of the best racing surfaces you could ask for. They have to add soil occaionally due to dust blowing off and what is carried out on the cars.

  6. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    i'll have to look into some New Jersey places. here, you won't find it available. i'm lucky if i can find 2 soil suppliers here.
    i just didn't know if there was even a market at all for it, other then some special cases.

    captain, funny you mention that... cuz the job is in the category.
    i met a guy at a hobby shop where i buy R/C parts. this guy has a huge lot of back yard, that he has built a track out of top soil some years back. on top of doing work on his lawn, etc.... he wants me to rebuild the track using clay soil.
    i'm estimating 20-40 yards...
    this is the first time in 14 years of doing this that i needed or had a request for the clay soil.

    gotta say, you never know what work will come your way in this field. it'd be cool to some plants in the track.. but they'd get run over i'm sure.
  7. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    Adam, I have a place out here if you want. They brought in 500 yards of fill for a job I did this spring. Great company to deal with. The owner asked me if I would take clay because he was in the middle of a big excavation and had no where to put it. He was laughing, he said "it's like nuclear waste, nobody wants it"
  8. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    i can imagine its hard to get rid of out here. you probably got it for practically free? alot of rocks in it?
  9. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    No, I declined the clay, I got more of a sandy fill. Yes, it had lots of rocks in it. It's funny to hear someone looking for clay, I'm on the north shore in Suffolk County, we have lots of clay and rock. Not fun to dig here.
  10. lawnguyland

    lawnguyland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,108

    Try calling a golf course super or the greenskeeper at one of the stadiums, I think the infields are usually clay, at least partially. They may have a clue where to buy it nice and rock free. just an idea. I'm in mid nassau and digging around here is cake. About 1-2 feet of top then sand.

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