Topic: Red Death
From: Wimberley Area
Registered: Mar 2009
posted September 06, 2009 10:48 AM
When building a home or adding fill dirt to an existing lot, DO NOT let the builder or landscaper put so-called “Sandy Loam” anywhere near your property. This stuff, which many of us already have, is called “Red Death” by real landscapers. It is a reddish brown clay product usually used to make bricks. It is not soil but a mined product dug out of pits located east of Austin. When wet it is a greasy sticky mess and when it dries it is like concrete. It has no organic or mineral component that plants can use. The builders love it because it is dirt cheap, pun intended.
Sandy Loam will stick to your rocks on the bottom and wash away on the top. It does not let your plants breathe and it traps water at the surface, not letting it get deep down to the roots.
I have been told that if you plan to put plants, even xeriscape, in your yard you will need to have it dug out and replaced with something resembling topsoil. A mixture containing compost and granite sand is one version that I’ve seen used with success.
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