How bad is your soil?

ocalagirlsNovember 10, 2012

I found this website when doing a little research on Florida soils. You can search and look at all the USDA soil survey maps. You enter your address, set the area you want and it spits out a very detailed map. Once I found out what type I have (Hague Sands) I had to do a little research to find out what the soil is like/good for. It turns out my soil isn't too bad :) If I ever move I'll definitely be using this site.

Here is a link that might be useful: Web Soil Survey

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slopfrog

Looks like I have Myakka Sand. Boy that site was hard to use on my iPad! I guess Myakka isn't all that great. But I'm not sure how soil can have "high permeability" and be "poorly drained" at the same time!

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 7:45PM
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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake

After learning that I have Candler sand, I did a search and found, also on the USDA.gov site, a list of native trees and understory plants. If I ever needed to know what I could plant and forget... there's the list.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 8:12PM
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thonotorose

I have Myakka and Malabar. Poorly drained means that the water table is just below the surface. I AM next door to a swamp.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 8:19PM
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ladywingr(9b/10a)

Duette sands -

USE AND VEGETATION: Most areas of Duette soils are in scrub vegetation and used for wildlife habitat. Some areas are used for building sites. The natural vegetation is chiefly sand pine, sand live oak, rosemary, sawpalmetto, running oak, pricklypear cactus, fetterbush, and pineland threeawn. Slash pine grows in some areas.

Gee, do you think I'm beating my head against a wall to grow anything else??? LOL!

Thanks for the link - very interesting!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 9:22AM
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amberroses(10a)

I have Anclote fine sand mostly and some Myakka soil. I already knew my "soil" wasn't fertile.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 5:46PM
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saldut

I can't get my dim-bulb head around this site, it sure looks interesting from what-all you guys are saying but it is completely lost to me....par for the course!! anyway, I've dumped so much compost et al on my garden that the 'native soil' is prob. no longer there..? thanx for the site, sally

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 3:11PM
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ladywingr(9b/10a)

Saldut - If this link works, you can see the St Pete types. Primarily Astatula and Myakka. If you click on the soil links on the web page, it will describe them to you.

Here is a link that might be useful: St Pete soil

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 8:54PM
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jason83(Zone 8b/9a (North Florida))

Looks like where I'm at is 50/50 Penney-9 (??) and Ortega fine sand. Super well-drained. We're on a natural sand hill and it never floods here..very dry all the time. Have had difficulty growing a lot of things in it, and mixing in Organic matter it disappears after a few months. What a wasteland...lol

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 8:17PM
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ocalagirls

It looks like I hit the Florida Soil Jackpot. My dirt is "well suited to general farm crops, most crops can be grown without irrigation" I guess my thumb is not as green as I thought since I can't claim to have horrible sandy soil anymore! Hats off to all the persistent Florida gardeners trying to grow stuff in sugar sand!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 4:25PM
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amberroses(10a)

What the heck? You actually have farm crop soil? Naturally? Are you sure you're in Florida?

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 4:40PM
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jason83(Zone 8b/9a (North Florida))

You're very fortunate! :)

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 5:20PM
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loufloralcityz9

Good grief, looks like growing old among the pines & oaks is all I can grow around here on this hill.

Astatula fine sand, Slope: 5 to 8 percent
Depth to restrictive feature: More than 80 inches
Drainage class: Excessively drained
Capacity of the most limiting layer to transmit water (Ksat): Very high (20.00 to 50.02 in/hr)
Depth to water table: More than 80 inches
Frequency of flooding: None
Frequency of ponding: None
Ecological site: Longleaf Pine-Turkey Oak Hills

Lou

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 3:24PM
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apapjim

I had mine tested. They said I needed everything but sand and nemotodes!

Papa Jim

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 5:59PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Lou, Lou, Lou. Where is you're sense of humor?

How bad is your soil?

It's so bad that even the nematodes run from it....

Come on folks, we need more lines to this story ;-)

    Bookmark   November 29, 2012 at 6:06PM
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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake

My soil is so bad the only other place it can be found is a prison yard.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 4:06PM
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