clay soil

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by jsullivan, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. jsullivan

    jsullivan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    please help me!!!!! I just used a roto-tiller in my back yard. I have heard that I have "clay" soil. What is the best way to insure a nice lawn. I have allready purchased seed for high traffic and weed-n-feed. I fear the soil will just get too compacted again.:confused:
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    You can check for yourself if you have clay soil. Take a sample and put it in a glass jar, add water to make a soupy slurry. Shake the jar vigorously to mix all the soil and water. Let the jar set until the water is clear ( may take a few days).The sand will settle first, then the clay and then the silt. You will see distinct variations in the soils and should be able to tell how much is clay. If you have clay soil,add compost and gypsum and till in before seeding.
  3. jsullivan

    jsullivan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for the info man, problem is I allready tilled. I know there are some chemical spray products such as aqua-turf but do they work? If anyone has another solution (other than re-tilling) I would appreciate it.

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