We are looking for heavy clay soil to be used in the construction of a cricket pitch. Turfgrass is planted on this heavy clay and then rolled with a heavy roller to make it rock hard so that a ball can be bounced off the surface. Generally the clay content is 30 % or more..
I have looked through the ontario soil surveys and found that the brookston, Caistor, Lincoln and Haldimand clay types all seem to have heavy clay content. What i'm having difficulty doing to finding access to these soils as most of the locations where they are present is farm land. I thought i would post on these forums to see if anyone can help me out find a site where we can get access to some of this heavy clay soil.
How much clay do you need for the cricket pitch?
ClayAllover: just had a look at the profile of Bearbrook Clay...Wow..60-80% clay. That is the kind of clay they use on Australian cricket pitches. Does it shrink/swell...ie..crack when dry? Its a bit far for us as we are closer to GTA but I wonder if we can raise enough funds to be able to truck some of it....Is there an area where it is accessible.
Only problem with going very heavy clay from what i've read is that it is very difficult to grow grass on it..specially since we roll it hard like concrete with a 2 tonne roller.
I'm also attaching a document that describes the ideal soil for a cricket pitch
There is some pretty heavy clay around Milton area. You might be able to work something out with a developer in the area who is going to be building homes on the land.
As far as the best clay soil for Ontario conditions. The University of Guelph Turfgrass Institute might be able to provide some advice. http://www.guelphturfgrass.ca/