From Red Dirt to Green Country

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From Red Dirt to Green Country

Did you know that Oklahoma has a State Soil?  Unsurprisingly, it’s the red dirt that we’re so fond of – just like on this road east of Kingfisher, OK.

The official name is “Port silt loam,” or Cumulic haplustolls.  It gets its red color from high levels of iron oxide (rust), and its soft texture from being a mix of sand, clay, and silt – a kind of extra-fine sand often transported by flowing water, and found in high quantities on flood plains.  It was this soil that, combined with damaging farming techniques, caused the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.

Now, Port silt loam is only found in about half the state – Northeast Oklahoma is known as Green Country specifically because it lacks that trademark red dirt.  But just because it’s not red doesn’t mean it’s not chock-full of clay and silt.

Regardless of the color of your soil, it’s important to keep an eye out for settling and erosion.  The easiest way to fight erosion around your home is to keep it in bloom: trees, shrubs, and other plant life help water be dispersed evenly through the soil, and the roots provide a certain amount of structure.  And as discussed in my last post, they way your home is built (either with a gravel bed beneath your slab foundation or with piers supporting your crawl space foundation) will do a lot to curb the affects of settling.

Tune in on Friday to learn how to recognize signs of a settling house!