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Old 06-03-2008, 12:41 AM
 
Location: California
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So, here is a question I've always wondered about.....what's with the dirt?

I've noticed that in some areas, like Oklahoma City, the dirt is shockingly red. But, in other areas, like where my family (or is that kin? ) lives in Seminole/Wewoka, it's brown. I also don't remember the dirt being that red in Bartlesville.

What is it like it other areas of OK? and why? Also, does the red dirt stain? (I have children...) Is it hard to garden in?

Thanks for your responses. Inquiring minds want to know....
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:16 AM
 
Location: NE Oklahoma
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Yes the red dirt stains. Alot of times it is clayish too and hard to garden in. It will have to be amended depending on what it consists of.
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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I've always noticed the red dirt is more prevalent in the Western half of the state.
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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In part the answer is that the "... red color comes from the mineral hematite (an iron oxide)"

Reference: Oklahoma Geological Survey
which also has a map showing the extent of Permian rocks in Oklahoma.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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Ever wonder why so many houses and old buildings have red brick exteriors? It is the red clay found in so many areas of this part of the country. The red comes from hematite (iron Oxide) as stated above, and it can stain. In fact there is a company that uses it to stain t shirts with "genuine red dirt from Oklahoma" and uses it as a marketing tool. As in any heavy clay soil, to grow stuff, add LOTS of organic matter like peat moss or manure or leaf mold or other compost. Another way to loosen up the soil is to add a lot of gypsum or vermiculite. Adding sand is not a real good idea, unless you add lots more sand than there is clay. It should be noted, that if you are building (or buying ) a house in an area of heavy clay, make sure you have the foundation engineered for the soil, or that you have a foundation inspection. Clay expands and contracts with moisture, and we cycle through droughts and heavy rains from year to year. The average foundation is designed for 2500 psi soil pressure.....clay can exert over 50,000 psi just from the absorption of water.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Mid Missouri (Miz-oo-ree)
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So, here is a question I've always wondered about.....what's with the dirt?

I've noticed that in some areas, like Oklahoma City, the dirt is shockingly red. But, in other areas, like where my family (or is that kin? ) lives in Seminole/Wewoka, it's brown. I also don't remember the dirt being that red in Bartlesville.

What is it like it other areas of OK? and why? Also, does the red dirt stain? (I have children...) Is it hard to garden in?

Thanks for your responses. Inquiring minds want to know....
Port Silt Loam........gotta love it
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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Back in the day, that was how our parents knew if we went to a *'49. Red dirt on the shoes was an instant give-away.

That's probably how their parents busted them!

*A few of you will know what a 49 is...
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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It's diversified,
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Somewhere! :)
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Back in the day, that was how our parents knew if we went to a *'49. Red dirt on the shoes was an instant give-away.

That's probably how their parents busted them!

*A few of you will know what a 49 is...
I don't....
I could guess, but my guess would be rude....
(Think +20)
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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Back in the day, that was how our parents knew if we went to a *'49. Red dirt on the shoes was an instant give-away.

That's probably how their parents busted them!

*A few of you will know what a 49 is...
It's a number, or 2
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