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What kind of treatment can I give new loam.? Larry, Richmond, RI

Mort's Answer:
Virgin loam that comes from the woods should be given 200 lbs of lime per 10,000 sg.ft. In the spring and fall. Farm loam in New England can use the same application once a year. The most important consideration is sufficient soil depth for lawns and gardens. Vegetable gardens should be at least a foot deep and lawns at least 8 inches. All soils require good tilth. The best soils are 75% organic matter and 25% mineral matter. Adequate fertilizer and additions of manure, shredded leaves, peat, grass clippings or other green manures will help build body for your soil.

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