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Old 08-05-2015, 10:02 AM   #1
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clay soil amendments; have you seen this?


Hello to all,

It was highly recommended that I amend my clay "soil" w two diff products: dried molasses and cotton-seed-meal. The term "soil" here is really an insult. I this part of TX, the top 4-5 feet can be made of a very nasty clay or "gumbo-soil" as it's called.

We had our backyard landscaped, and the amt of topsoil used to prepare the beds by landscaper was way less than I thought. a couple inches of mulch were applied on the top after the plants were installed, so I could not see how much soil was used.

we had a lot of rain in winter, May & June, now 35+ days of ZERO rain and the heat is 100+, so we are watering a lot but this crappy soil is getting real hard. It was recommended to mix a combination of dried molasses and c-seed meal and then turn or mix into top 2-4 inches. I did so and watered heavily. The next evening after sun all day, it had a pretty strong smell, not pleasant. Is this common of this amendment process? Has anyone done this before?

I saw the results of another process like this and the plants just really took off big-time. Cannot get a hold of those folks bc they are gone for summer, so thought I would post it here.

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I have not. I would only be concerned if the smell lasted more than a week. Frsh mulch always stinks for a few days.
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