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All Weeds & No Gras - Please Help!

Posted by Texas1986 none (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 22, 13 at 15:01

Weeds have just completly taken our our yard. Trying to see the best plan of action to try and restore this yard, yoru assistance is greatly appreciated. I have also attaced some picutres. There are just different types of weeds everywhere, there are also random thorny trees that have been popping up and growing super fast. The picture attacted is from different sections of the yard.


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What is the soil these plants are trying to grow in like?
How much soil moisture is there
How much organic matter is in that soil?
Does that soil drain well?
Does that soil hold moisture well?
What does that soil smell like?
What kind of life is in that soil?
These simple soil tests may help.
1) Soil test for organic matter. From that soil sample put enough of the rest to make a 4 inch level in a clear 1 quart jar, with a tight fitting lid. Fill that jar with water and replace the lid, tightly. Shake the jar vigorously and then let it stand for 24 hours. Your soil will settle out according to soil particle size and weight. For example, a good loam will have about 1-3/4 inch (about 45%) of sand on the bottom. about 1 inch (about 25%) of silt next, about 1 inch (25%) of clay above that, and about 1/4 inch (about 5%) of organic matter on the top.

2) Drainage. Dig a hole 1 foot square and 1 foot deep and fill that with water. After that water drains away refill the hole with more water and time how long it takes that to drain away. Anything less than 2 hours and your soil drains� too quickly and needs more organic matter to slow that drainage down. Anything over 6 hours and the soil drains too slowly and needs lots of organic matter to speed it up.

3) Tilth. Take a handful of your slightly damp soil and squeeze it tightly. When the pressure is released the soil should hold together in that clump, but when poked with a finger that clump should fall apart.

4) Smell. What does your soil smell like? A pleasant, rich earthy odor? Putrid, offensive, repugnant odor? The more organic matter in your soil the more active the soil bacteria will be and the nicer your soil will smell.

5) Life. How many earthworms per shovel full were there? 5 or more indicates a pretty healthy soil. Fewer than 5, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, indicates a soil that is not healthy.


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