how to tell if soil is well drained

How to tell if soil is well drained [Drainage test for soil]

How to tell if soil is well drained? This is an important question for proper gardening. Drainage quality is one of the most important features of the soil. It has a long term effect on plant growth and improvement. Poor drainage stagnant water around the roots of plants which can be a cause of plant death. So, the drainage test is a vital job in soil improvement and it's very important to know the drainage quality of soil especially garden soil. There is a simple test by which you can determine the condition of drainage which is described as follows-

How to tell if soil is well drained

At first, select the lowest part of your garden and take a digging tool that you used normally and then dig a hole 2 ft square and 2 ft square. Make sure the depth of the hole is 2 ft and let the hole for rain. After a heavy rain looks inside the hole to find out the condition of the water level into the bottom.

The parameter of find out the drainage condition is given below-

1. Excessive drainage

If you find out that an hour after there is no water in the hole then the drainage condition of the soil is excessive.

Suggestions:

This condition proved that the topsoil of your garden in sandy. Because the water holding capacity of sandy soil is very low. So, in this condition, you should add humus into the topsoil.

2. Satisfactory drainage

If you noticed that no water in the hole after a few days after the last rain then the drainage condition of the soil is satisfactory.

Suggestions:

This condition proved that the topsoil of your garden is well. No need for improvement in this condition.

3. Poor drainage

If you observed that there is some water still present at the bottom of the hole a few days after rain then the drainage condition of the soil is poor.

Suggestions:

This condition proved that the topsoil of your garden is clay. Because the water holding capacity of the clay soil is very high. In this condition one or more aids you should be done for improving drainage condition. You should need double digging the topsoil in autumn. This action allows water to drain through. Besides, in artificial aids, you can use an earthenware tile drain that also improves drainage conditions.

4. Impeded drainage

If you remarked that there is a lot of water into the hole or partly filled the hole a few days later after rain then the drainage condition of the soil is impeded. In this condition, you can see the water has seeped in from the surrounding soil of the hole.

Suggestions:

An artificial aid that may be tile drains or soakaway, as well as double digging the topsoil in autumn, is needed for improving the drainage condition. It will be better if you add good quality topsoil to the whole surface of your garden.

Above all discussion, we can say that if you follow the given procedure you can easily tell if the soil is well-drained or not. If not take action by following the given suggestions.

Happy Gardening!

Abraham M. Johnson
 

Abraham is a professional gardener and his hobby is indoor and outdoor gardening! He has been gardening for the last 5 years and he loves to decorate the home by gardening as well. Based on his experience with different types of gardens; he is sharing his thought and opinion about various gardens care tips and tools so that a beginner can get started right away. Find him on twitter here. Happy reading!

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