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Old 07-15-2008, 10:39 PM   #16
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Water won't drain down in lawn. Help!


Thank you Allison1888,

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Old 07-16-2008, 07:54 PM   #17
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Once heard that stupid questions were easier to handle than stupid mistakes.

Cultivation usually refers to plowing, tilling, or otherwise preparing soil for a crop, i.e. farming.

The coarse clay fraction has stronger carboxyl and O-alkyl 13C-NMR peaks and lower levels of extractable amino acids, fatty acids, monosaccharides, and amino sugars than humics associated with the fine clay fraction. The results indicate that the biochemistry of the clay–humic complexes differs substantially from that of whole soils and that soil clay mineralogy strongly influences humification. Soil Science Society of America Journal 2001

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If you have a lot of fatty clays in your soil, it won't percolate very well.
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That tests the soil's ability to absorb, or percolate water
Percolate:
"To cause (a liquid) to pass through a porous body; filter."
Webster's College Dictionary, Random House, 1991

Grading has been commented on several times.

Proper grading is important. Proper compaction is important. Packing a lawn is not the same thing as packing a gravel/sand base for a patio or parking lot.

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When you dig up the ground, the soil structure is destroyed.
Soil "texture" pertains to the percentages of clay,silt, and sand. The manner in which they are arranged is their "structure". At least according to most universities which offer horticultural degrees. Never seen soil get up and move itself. It will settle after a period or time. Duh!

And there is the "field capacity" of the soil, defined as the amount of water remaining in the soil after gravitational flow has stopped. Remember grading?

Waiting until fall will not matter. Either it is draining through proper grading and percolation or it is not.

Really, really hard dry soil does not absorb water well due to the water resistive nature of mycelium (fungus) that are present but that is a completely 'nother story.

Some people are thought to be fools. Some open their mouths and remove all doubt.

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why not have a local landscape contractor visit on-site, make a proper diagnosis, and have them make the necessary repairs?
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:43 PM   #18
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Downunder,"you are the man". That was very informative. Thank you for sticking with me through my learning curve.

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