Whether you are an avid gardener, in the industry or you are just looking for more detailed information about your lawn, understanding your soil profile is important. Some plants perform better in clay while others are happier in sand – this is a subject we will get more in depth with in a later blog post.
The Web Soil Survey website is a great resource when trying to find general information about an areas soil type, it is maintained by the USDA and offers up lots of great tools that a free to use. I’ll walk you through a very quick tutorial about how to utilize this site. You may find it here: http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/WebSoilSurvey.aspx
On the left you will see an option for “Quick Navigation/Address”. Type in the area of the soil you wish to look up. Keep in mind, your area of interest has to be relatively small plots, you can’t pull a whole county. We put our shop address in.
There is a tool that allows us to draw which area of our visual we wish to survey (AOI, we selected the rectangle tool).
And here’s our plot. The green rectangle and diagonal lines indication our Area Of Interest (AOI).
Next, click “Shopping Cart (Free)” near the top and “Check Out”. A .pdf report will be generated for download and it contains useful information that will be helpful in determining the soil profile of the AOI. (my browser actually blocks the pop up for this download, if nothing happens after clicking “Check Out”, look into your pop-up blocker).