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Clay Soil

Clay soil is soil with very small, flat, particles that pack together tightly. Clay soil hardens when dry, is sticky when wet, and drains poorly without organic amendments.

Soils that are comprised mostly of clay are called heavy soils and are very difficult to dig. Clay has more nutrients than sand and clay soils are usually more fertile.

Clay absorbs moisture rather than allowing it to drain away as sand will do; about four times as much. Roots have a more difficult time growing in clay as clay has less air space than other soils.

In the spring, clay soils warm slowly since they are denser and usually contain more moisture. Clay rich soil can contain from 30 to 100 percent clay as is described as being fine-textured.
Posted on May 8th, 2014
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