Fabulous Soil Drainage

What does it mean to have a well-drained soil? How do I know if I have well-drained soil?

Basically it means water moves through the soil in a timely manner that’s optimal for growth of most plants. 

 

Figuring out if you have well-drained soil is relatively easy.

What you need:

Trowel or hoe

Water

Watering can or hose

Watch

 

Follow the simple instructions below:

  • Dig a hole 30 cm deep and 30 cm wide (1 foot by 1 foot)

 

  • Fill the hole with water (use a watering can or garden hose)

 

  • Watch to see how long it takes to drain

 

What does the time for drainage mean?

0-15 minutes: Your soil is sandy; it will not hold nutrients or water

30 – 60 minutes: Your soil is just right. It drains well

More than 24 hours: Your soil is too full of clay to drain well.


Written by Cristina da Silva
Sunday, February 7, 2010 in Soils & Growing Media

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