Take a look at the problem spots in your lawn and garden:
Do you notice areas of standing water?
Do you have problems with slow or poor drainage in your yard?
Are there areas in your lawn & garden where you see slow or weak plant growth?
Any one of these conditions could be the result of clay soil in your lawn & garden. When it comes to your lawn and garden, the presence of clay soil can create a number of problems:
Clay soil drains slowly. Thus, as the winter snow melts and the spring rains start, the clay soil tends to remain saturated long after average or sandy soils have drained. Wet or saturated soils do not make for a good growing environment long term.
Clay soil is much slower to warm up in the spring. Because of its' density, the clay soil is resistant to the warming effects of the spring sunshine. Colder soil temperatures slow plant growth. Until the soil warms up sufficiently, springtime growth will be slow and difficult.
Clay soil compacts (pushes together or bonds to itself), making it hard for the roots to penetrate. When the root systems can't penetrate, they become "stunted" or stop growing. This is not a healthy growing environment.
Clay soil is alkaline (has a high pH), which is hard on plants.
To top it off, clay soil is very heavy and difficult to work with. And messy!