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What's the soil like in the Charlottesville area?

Posted by pfmastin 7b N. Carolina (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 15, 10 at 21:47

We're thinking of relocating and am wondering what is the most common soil type in the Charlottesville area. I know soil can vary a great deal in a relatively small area but just trying to get an idea. Thank you in advance.


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RE: What's the soil like in the Charlottesville area?

Most of Albemarle county is piedmont red clay. Very fertile, but heavy. Going east in Fluvanna, you find a shale soil ( Sassafras) that need pretty heavy amendments.


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RE: What's the soil like in the Charlottesville area?

I'm sorry I haven't been back to respond. Long story...car accident, holidays, buying a house. I'll be at Lake Monticello and that sounds like the heavy amendment area. I'll come prepared to work. :)


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RE: What's the soil like in the Charlottesville area?

You could always do what we do and use raised beds. We use the Square Foot Gardening method and it's pretty darned foolproof!


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