Types Of Soil Texture
To the common eye, soil everywhere seems to be the same but geologists and gardeners know that there are various types of soil texture. The thing about different types of soil texture is that they exist and we even know of them but some of us do not know that what we are looking at is actually soil texture. One the various types of soil texture is sand- as was said above, though you may never have known this, but sand, in deserts, is a soil texture. Just because grass and/or crops cannot grow on it,that does not mean that it is not one of the various types of soil texture.
Silt is another of the various types of soil texture. Silt is usually deposited by the river on to the soil and it makes the soil much richer than it already is. You may have studied in geography that after a flood it is easier to grow crops on soil. You would also remember studying that this is due to silt deposits on the soil. Silt holds important nutrients that enrich the soil which is why it is easy to grow crops on soil that has silt in it after a flood.
Clay is also one the many types of soil texture. Clay is difficult to grow crops on because of the fact that water cannot get through clay. Water gets trapped between clay or forms a layer on it because of which it can’t go through or help in crop growth. Though clay does have more organic matter than many other types of soil texture, nothing can be grown on it. However, prior to the industrial revolution, people would usually collect water trapped in soil to drink it or they would store water in clay pots and store these underground because clay would help keep water cool.
Of all the types of soil texture, loam is considered to be the best types of texture for plant growth and for the growth of crops as well as it is believed to consist of the positive characteristics of various types of soil texture. It is rich in nutrients that are essential for plant and crop growth which is why it is one of the most desired types of soil texture too. There are also various mixtures where the types of soil texture are concerned but the most desired mixture is silty loam considering the fact that both of these are optimal for plant and crop growth.
These are just some examples of the types of soil texture. Soil texture is very important where crop and plant growth are concerned. Without various types of soil texture crop cultivation would be difficult and we wouldn’t have trees to shade us from the sun. Also, we wouldn’t be able to breathe without plants and trees or sustain ourselves without crops which is why soil texture is so important. All types of soil texture are dependent upon the climate and how the soil is used or cared for.