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Remedy Clay Soils

The Real Dirt About Clay


What does that really mean? When clay succumbs to compaction that we subject it to in the backyard, on the playground or on the athletic field, natural porosity is destroyed. That means we reduce the number of voids between the clay particles. These voids are areas where water, air and nutrients are stored. Without these pore spaces, there is no space for root growth.

As clay compacts, it is primarily the large, air- holding pores that are lost, leaving the remaining pores holding water. That means mud! Few plants like to grow in mud.

Well-structured clay has high total porosity and balance between water-holding and air-holding pores. It also has a high capacity to store nutrients and provide habitat for helpful microbes.

If only there was a way to prevent clay soils from becoming compacted…

There is! Profile Soil Conditioner, a porous ceramic, is a special blend of clays with very high porosity, balanced evenly between water-holding pores and air-holding pores.

It won’t compact. When Profile Soil Conditioner is incorporated into a clay soil, it simply adds pore space—- permanent pore space that won’t re-compact or break down. With this new and permanent pore space, roots grow freely.

Profile Soil Conditioner can be applied in two ways--either back-fill holes after core-aeration (1 bag/200-300 sq ft) or till in (1 bag/100-200 sq ft). 

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    Amy Cox