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Soil texture is important for water infiltration

A beautiful, growing landscape starts with a healthy soil.

Soil is made up of sand, silt, and clay particles. Why does this matter?  The texture of the soil determines the water infiltration rate or the rate at which water will soak into the ground.

You can determine the texture of your soil by sending a composite sample to a lab or by the “texture by feel” method:

If the soil is gritty and doesn’t easily stick together when wet it’s a sandy soil. On the other hand if it’s very smooth and sticky it’s a clay soil. A sandy soil drains quickly relative to a clay soil.

Check out L-435 "Improving Soil Quality" for more information.