Auger for Soil Profile?

blp0May 4, 2009

Hello! I have a slight predicament. My friends garden has a layer of clay about half a foot away from the surface of the ground. This aquatard is causing the surface soil to saturate completely with very light rainfall and snowmelt. I'd like to figure out how deep this layer of clay is before any action is taken in order to re-profile the soil. In order to do this, I need some sort of a tool to provide me a rough estimation of the depth of this aquatard. How do you suggest I go about this? Have any of you tried to use an auger? Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance :D

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petzold6596(8b southern NM)

Try the old fashion shovel. A soil auger will be expensive and very difficult to penetrate clay especially if it is dry.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2009 at 10:25PM
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gemfire(z9/10 AZ)

Does he have clay or caliche? Caliche gets very hard and won't let water penetrate. I bought the awesome auger, works with a drill and I use it to dig holes when planting even when I'm at a spot the ground is not hard. It might be just what you're looking for.


    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 9:49PM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

I've an auger bit that - I know it was cheap because I am - that fits into a battery powered electric drill. It is about two inches in diameter and will drill to about 14-16 inches deep.

I've no idea what the thing was originally designed for, not the garden I'm sure as it was purchased at a hardware store in small town Nevada where nothing much grows because the town is on an ancient lake bed and everything is alkali.

I used it to drill holes through the calichi so the raised beds would drain if over watered.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 10:25AM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Post hole digger

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 11:18PM
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