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Clay&Peat Moss

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by msb1766, Jul 13, 2003.

  1. msb1766

    msb1766 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I have clay soil and was wondering if I mix in peat moss will this help soften the soil? I have been using a disc cultivator to loosen the top 4" but it still gets hard as a rock within a few days. I want to put seed down but it dries out so fast. Will peat moss help or can you suggest something else.
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Peat moss will work, also compost or any other type of organic matter. Gypsum will also help in loosening heavy soil.

  3. redbull

    redbull LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    Gypsum is good - what about some sand (cheap & helps break it up)
  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Be careful with sand and clay. By mixing sand (large particle) and clay (small particle), you will end up with a concrete effect, similar to mixing aggregate and cement. Sand, however, can be used if it is used in conjunction with organic matter (peat, compost, etc).

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