This nearly level, very poorly drained soil is in depressions and
drainageways of terraces and outwash plains. Slopes range from 0 to 3 percent
but are dominantly less than 1 percent. Areas are irregular in shape and range
mostly from 2 to 50 acres.
Typically the surface layer is very dark grayish brown mucky sandy loam about 6
inches thick. The substratum extends to a depth of 60 inches or more. The upper
part is gray, mottled loamy sand. The lower part is light brownish gray, mottled
Included with this soil in mapping are small areas of moderately well drained
Sudbury and Ninigret soils and poorly drained Raypol and Walpole soils. Included
areas make up about 10 percent of this map unit.
The permeability of this soil is moderately rapid in the surface layer and rapid
or very rapid in the substratum. Available water capacity is moderate, and
runoff is slow. This soil has a seasonal high water table at or near the surface
from late fall through midsummer. A few small areas are subject to flooding. The
soil is very strongly acid through medium acid.
The seasonal high water table makes this soil unsuitable for community
development or cultivated crops.
The soil is poorly suited to trees, but most areas are in woodland or
water-tolerant shrubs. The major limitation for woodland is wetness. Tree
windthrow is common, and the use of equipment is difficult in wet seasons.
This soil is poorly suited to woodland wildlife habitat and is not suited to
openland wildlife habitat. The soil, however, is suited to wetland wildlife
habitat. Capability subclass Vw; woodland group 5w.
Scarboro soils are
associated with wetlands which are protected from disturbance under state and
Federal law. Any work done in or near this soil should be conducted following
the proper permit procedures.