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Red deposit on soil

Posted by slowpoke_gardener 6/7 (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 1, 12 at 11:17

I live in a low area and have trouble with poor draining soil. I also live in an old coal mining area with above average mineral count in the soil. I have a green algae or mold that form on top of the soil in wet conditions. After the soil drys it has a red tint to it after it crust over. All of the well water that I know of in this area also stains everything the same color of red, some of it smell so strong that it is hard to drink. My best guess is iron or copper mineral causing the stain. Does anyone else have the same problem, and do you have to do anything differently to your soil to counteract these conditions?

Thanks for you input.



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RE: Red deposit on soil

Larry, I get the same green algae that forms on the soil surface during wet periods. I bet the red is iron, as we have a lot of iron in our soil too. You don't notice it much because our clay is red, but it will leave red stains on concrete, etc.

I don't do anything except keep on adding organic matter to my soil to lower its pH because both my soil and water are highly alkaline.

Our water normally doesn't get the discoloration, but it will every now and then. If it did discolor often, I'd have both our soil and water tested to see what was causing it for sure.


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