Mixing Portland Cement with Soil??

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Old 06-20-11, 01:50 PM
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Mixing Portland Cement with Soil??

I have really poor soil that is very sandy. I have some erosion issues as a result. I've read that you can add portland cement to "stabilize" the soil. Has anyone done this with success? if so, what is the ratio?

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What's your erosion issue like? Have you tried plants?
 
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Mixing in portland would give similar results to making mortar - if mixed 3/1... or a weaker mortar like substance if mixed with more sand/dirt.

I like the plant idea suggested by drooplug Root growth does a lot for fighting erosion. You may need to amend the soil some to get plants to grow well. A retaining wall may also help some.
 
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I'm sure there are plants that wouldn't need amendments. I was thinking the grasses they plant on sand dunes would be the way to go.
 
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The concrete concrete company I work for uses a product called soilcrete for soil stabilization. We deliver it in a concrete mixer truck. It's sort of like the old method of working lime dust into the soil but much cleaner (less dust) and more effective.
If you googled "soil crete" you'd probably find it. I'd post the URL but advertising is frowned upon here.
 
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