[NAFEX] manure,heavy soil
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Sep 1 23:46:42 EDT 2006
Manure won't do a lot, but organic matter will help, though your best
results will be using it as mulch. Soil microflora and fauna will take
it into the soil and their channels will will open the soil. It may
take a while, though, depending on the state of the soil. A quick fix
(for a while) is a heavy application of lime. Calcium makes the clay
particles flocculate (clump up) and helps open the soil.
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On Sep 1, 2006, at 6:47 PM, jerry sietsema wrote:
Greetings,Anyone have ideas on helping heavy soils drain better with
manure applications?I have tiling 40 feet apart on heavy clay soil.My
trees are still slowly dying.In the summer the ground gets like
concrete and when it is wet the tractor gets stuck.I have my rows on
raised beds but they seem to level out after about 5 years.I do some
sub-soiling also.Will the manure help break apart the clay particles
and allow more drainage?I think my % organic is o.k. but I see alot of
red clay showing thru in several spots.It is hard to move the tiling
over once it is buried. thanks ,skip s zone
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