Ashley Clark wrote:what would you personally do?
Craig Dobbelyu wrote:I'll start with a few questions that might help some others add their two cents.
What is currently growing in this space? If nothing: what is the closest living plant species to this space? in this particular area, lots of blackberries
Shade or sun? How much sun (hours)? no shade whatsoever, it's right in the middle of a field
Major tree species in the area? the terrain and soils change throughout the property, but where the soil appears to be similar to my example, there are lots of water oaks, willow oaks (i think?), pine trees, red maples
What is living in the soil? Bugs, worms, microorganisms? i know there are worms and probably grubs
What types of wildlife are visiting the area? rabbits, deer, raccoons, snakes, cranes, etc
Aside from your comment about the soil-y look I might have suggested that the soil lacked oxygen.
Is it crumbly soil? chunky? flat? compacted? loose? wet? dry? clay? sand? silt? it's dark and crumbly but takes on a clayey consistency when wet, as far as i can tell it's not compacted but rather soft and easy to dig into
If there are stones... what kinds? How big? How many? some when dug up, as in MAYBE 5-10 per yard, i'm not sure what kind, probably the size of my fist at the largest
What about the land's history? Was it previously farmed? for what? Any idea of past usage? How long ago? i don't know a lot of details but that 10 or more years ago there were two crops grown here, watermelon and squash i think. since then there have been trailers on the property but not where i'm looking at dirt
How large is the area? square feet? acres? square miles? the area with this particular topsoil, if i had to guess, around 2 acres
Is it possible that the soil has been contaminated by something? i don't think so
What is uphill from this location? there's a trailer about 100 ft away
does it flood? some areas are low enough yes but not all of it
I'll stop there.