Tilling Red Clay?


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Old 12-27-05, 12:45 PM
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Tilling Red Clay?

I'm not too much of an gardener / landscaper, etc., and I was simply wondering if it would be a good idea to attempt and use a tiller to soften up some dried red clay. The only bad part about it is, the building next to this area of red clay was recently sand-blasted, so it hardened the surface a little more. Would a tiller be able to go throught this red-clay?
(The area's around 115' x 8', unsure of red clay's depth, area is mostly level, with a 1-4in drop-off from erosion)
 
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Old 12-27-05, 09:45 PM
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timing is everthing

If you wait until about the second or third day after you have had a soaking rain tilling your red clay will be much easier. It would be a very good time then to mix in some organic matter to improve your mineral rich organic poor clay soil. We use ground pine bark in our area ( NC ). This material also called 'soil conditioner' comes in 2 or 3 cu. ft. bags and is also available in bulk loads for larger projects. One helpful hint.. when you are tilling close to a structure get a sheet of plywood or at least half of one and have a helper move it along the wall as you till to protect the wall as tillers can hit rocks or other obsticals causing the machine to lurch sideways unexpectedly.One final thing.. Tilling red clay when it is too wet is not a good thing it tends to change the soil structure for a long time basically making a gazillion little bricks when the soil dries out. Don't do that! 37 years in the business and still learning....greensboro_man
 
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Old 12-28-05, 08:42 PM
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Thanks for the advice.
 
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Old 01-02-06, 05:14 PM
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Tilling red clay

Dittos to "greensboro_man"

Gypsum is an additional good substance to breakup the density of red clay.
But, moisture is the best additive to start breaking red clay.
Ron
 
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Old 01-03-06, 04:42 PM
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Before amending soil, a soil test should be done. Your local Dept. of Agriculture Extension Agent can provide you with soil test info and recommended amendments for your type of soil.
 
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Old 02-04-06, 06:20 PM
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Good suggestion

Twelvepole makes a very good suggestion, Contacting your local Agricultural extention agent gives you access to a world of high quality information. Because they deal with local issues and problems on a daily basis they can be a gardener/landscapers best friend. I have always found them to be quite approachable and eager to help. 38 years in the business and still learning....greensboro_man
 
 

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