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Content Type:Q & A
Author(s):Henry, Mike
Author Affiliation:University of California Cooperative Extension, Riverside and Orange Counties
Title:[Gas leak and lawn]
Source:Turf Tales Magazine. Vol. 6, No. 3, Summer 1999, p. 8.
# of Pages:1
Publishing Information:Van Nuys,CA: Southern California Turfgrass Council
Question:"We had a massive natural gas leak on our property which killed our trees and lawn. The gas company fixed the leeak in December, but the soil is still gray and smells like gas. What can I plant and when will it be safe to plant? We have 6-inch "topsoil" layer over 1-foot layer of heavy soil (clay). Below is a sandy soil 2 feet down."
Answer/Response:"First it would pay to find out just how saline your soil is (if it really is!). A soil sample taken to a commercial soil lab or, in some cases, the local Resource Conservation District Office (Riverside-Corona) will give you the answer for about $20.00 per sample. Once you know the salinity level in your soil the lab soil scientist can make a recommendation about plants that tolerate the level of salinity in your soil. Another good test to have done if water is ponding or standing on the soil surface rather than soaking in is a sodium adsorption ratio (SAR) (water/soil) / (exchangeable sodium percentage (ESP) (water/soil). This test will determine the need for amending the soil with gypsum or other chemical amendments to improve soil structure and water infiltration in the soil surface."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Henry, M. 1999. [Gas leak and lawn]. Turf Tales Mag. 6(3):p. 8.
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