Asked on Mar 10, 2019

Would the mud from the bottom of a lake be good in the garden?

RedcatcecKelli L. MilliganArchie


7 answers
  • Mona Blake
    Mona Blake
    on Mar 10, 2019

    Yes, great fertile soil.

  • Roberta
    on Mar 10, 2019

    No too much like clay

  • Deanna Nassar
    Deanna Nassar
    on Mar 10, 2019

    If the lake has supported fish for several years it would be great.

  • Craft Invaders
    Craft Invaders
    on Mar 10, 2019

    I'd imagine it'd be full of nutrients

  • Archie
    on Mar 10, 2019

    According where the lake is located. In some deep south states the mud on the bottom of none flowing water sometimes contain some very deadly germs.

    Check with local health officials first.

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    Kelli L. Milligan
    on Mar 10, 2019

    Would it not be mostly clay? Call or visit your local nursery to get more information for your area and project

  • Redcatcec
    on Mar 16, 2019

    Wow, what a variety of answers! Very interesting question!!!!

    The bottom of the lake would contain a lot of run off from the ground, which would be silt and sand, which would not be ideal for a garden, low in nutrients. But as Deanna pointed out, lakes support aquatic life which would sink and fertilize the bottom or remain in a mixture in the water. Keep in mind that boats, ships and factories have left organic compounds. You also might want to consider the damage done by humans to the lakes with the garbage & debris.

    Have you seen lakes where an area is closed off due to contamination from either chemicals or bacteria? Unsafe for swimming?

    Generally, It would depend on the lake and the area where the bottom is being removed. Sounds like a good experiment!

    Let us know how it turns out, best to you.

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