Use Caution in Utilizing Coastal Organic Subsoil for Landscape Topsoils

Publication Date

Summer 9-13-2020

Publication Number

LGP 1091


Certain soils along coastal South Carolina have a subsoil that visually appears to be high in organic matter and thus are commonly used for landscaping rootzone soil. In fact, they are very acidic and are high in aluminum, making them poor growing medium. This article informs producers and farmers, homeowner associations, developers, landscape contractors and construction companies on what Spodosols are, where they are found, how to identify them, and management strategies.

Publication Type



Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Publisher City

Clemson, SC

Target Audiences

Landscape contractors, farmers, DOT, muncipality planners, turfgrass managers, ll on the coast.

Spodosols lgp-coauthor-agreement-fillable.pdf (1254 kB)
co author agreement form

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Use Caution response to reviewers.docx (18 kB)
response to reviewers