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Windsor Soils

Soil Map Unit Description from the RI Soil Survey Report

WgA—Windsor loamy sand, 0 to 3 percent slopes.

Link to Official Soil Series Description for Windsor Soils

This nearly level, excessively drained soil is on terraces, outwash plains, kames, and eskers. Areas are irregular in shape and range mostly from 2 to 50 acres.

Typically the surface layer is very dark grayish brown and gray loamy sand 2 inches thick. The subsoil is dark yellowish brown and yellowish brown loamy sand 26 inches thick. The substratum is light brownish gray fine sand to a depth of 60 inches or more.

Included with this soil in mapping are small areas of excessively drained Hinckley soils, somewhat excessively drained Merrimac soils, well drained Agawam soils, and moderately well drained Deerfield and Sudbury soils. Also included are small areas of soils with slopes of more than 3 percent. Included areas make up about 10 percent of this map unit.

The permeability of this soil is rapid. Available water capacity is low, and runoff is slow. This soil is very strongly acid through medium acid in the surface layer and subsoil and very strongly acid through slightly acid in the substratum.

Most areas of the soil are cleared and used for farming. Some are used for white pine forests.

This soil is suitable for community development. Onsite septic systems need special design and installation to prevent pollution of ground water. Slopes of excavated areas are commonly unstable. Lawn grasses, shallow-rooted trees, and shrubs require watering in summer.

This soil is suited to trees, but it is limited by droughtiness. Seedling mortality is high in the summer.

The soil is suited to farming. Irrigation is needed, and the use of cover crops and the return of crop residue to the soil help to maintain tilth and organic matter content.

This soil is suited to woodland wildlife habitat and openland wildlife habitat. It is unsuited to wetland wildlife habitat because it is too dry. Capability subclass IIIs; woodland group 5s.

Soil Map Unit Description from the RI Soil Survey Report

WgB—Windsor loamy sand, 3 to 8 percent slopes.

Link to Official Soil Series Description for Windsor Soils

This gently sloping, excessively drained soil is on terraces, outwash plains, kames, and eskers. Areas are irregular in shape and range from 2 to 100 acres.

Typically the surface layer is very dark grayish brown and gray loamy sand 2 inches thick. The subsoil is dark yellowish brown and yellowish brown loamy sand 26 inches thick. The substratum is light brownish gray fine sand to a depth of 60 inches or more.

Included with this soil in mapping are small areas of excessively drained Hinckley soils, somewhat excessively drained Merrimac soils, well drained Agawam soils, and moderately well drained Deerfield and Sudbury soils. Also included are small areas of nearly level soils. Included areas make up about 10 percent of this map unit.

The permeability of this soil is rapid. Available water capacity is low, and runoff is medium. This soil is very strongly acid through medium acid in the surface layer and subsoil and very strongly acid through slightly acid in the substratum.

This soil is suitable for community development. Onsite septic systems need special design and installation to prevent pollution of ground water. Slopes of excavated areas are commonly unstable. Lawn grasses, shallow-rooted trees, and shrubs require watering in summer. The use of straw bale sediment barriers and quickly establishing plant cover help to control erosion during construction.

This soil is suited to trees, and most areas are wooded. The main limitation for woodland is droughtiness. Seedling mortality is high in summer.

The soil is suited to cultivated crops, but it is droughty. Irrigation is needed, and the use of cover crops and the return of crop residue to the soil help to maintain tilth and organic matter content.

This soil is suited to woodland wildlife habitat and openland wildlife. It is not suited for wetland wildlife habitat because it is too dry. Capability subclass IIIs; wood land group 5s.

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