Does anyone know the soil type in St.Louis, Mo? Moving from Middletown, RI to there in 6 wks...Thanks

Diane Q
by Diane Q
Hi, I'm moving to St. Louis in about 6 wks and plan on taking a lot of my perrenial plants w/me. I'm wondering if the soil is different there and if so, what do I need to do to make a new home for my babies (plants, lol). Thanks for any help.
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  • 3po3 3po3 on Aug 12, 2012
    Do you know where you are going to be living? Could you get someone to take a soil sample there and send it to the local Cooperative Extension? It usually takes about a week to get a soil test back (at least out here), but they can tell you about the soil in your garden. You could look up general information about soil in that area, but it wouldn't necessarily explain the situation in your garden. Depending on previous owners, etc., it could be amended perfectly and be really rich and wonderful, or it could be very depleted.
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Aug 13, 2012
    If you know specifically where you're moving, you might want to poke around the National Resources Conservation Service's Web Soil Survey, but I think Steve gives you the best strategy for getting the kind of information that will be helpful to you:
  • Marianne Radley Marianne Radley on Aug 13, 2012
    I live outside of St. Louis, Mo., and grew up in St. louis. We mostly have clay. Nothing will grow in it except weeds! But it depends on where you'll be moving to, an older home or a new one. I've found that older homes tend to have better soil for the most part, but you will need to have the soil at your place tested to be sure. As a rule, I dig out the clay and get rid of it, filling the hole with a mix of compost, top soil, and a bit of sand. We built in a new subdiv. 5 yrs. ago and I'm still fighting the clay! UGH!
  • Marianne Radley Marianne Radley on Aug 13, 2012
    Wanted to add a big WELCOME to St. Louis! Be sure to visit the Botanical Garden, it's beautiful, and they have a garden helper's desk that you can get help on any garden issue.
  • 3po3 3po3 on Aug 13, 2012
    Diane, I should have posted this link last night, but here is the info you need for submitting soil tests in Missouri:
  • Diane Q Diane Q on Aug 16, 2012
    Thank you for the advice. Looks like I have my work cut out for me.