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Applying Bentonite to sandy soil #527147 10/28/2020 4:41 AM
by MartyC
Hello everyone !
I’m new here ( first post) and I am having trouble finding the “ How to add 44.5 tons (or more) of Sodium Bentonite to my 1 acre poorly constructed , leaking ,sandy soiled pond bottom thread. Can someone please direct me to the right section to discuss this topic? I have a million questions . Thanks!
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Re: Applying Bentonite to sandy soil #527157 Oct 28th a 02:07 PM
by TGW1
Marty, since you are in Oklahoma where the Oil and Gas industry has been active for many many years. Look for and contact any Drilling fluid companies around you. Contact them looking for what is called liquid mud. Some of these companies sell this liquid mud. This is or can be a bentonite mix or ask them if there are any drilling operations going on around you. When an Energy company is done with the drilling they have to clean things up and may have to haul off the drilling fluid for disposal. It might be cheaper for them to haul it off to your pond. This would be done with what is called vacuum trucks. They would pump the liquid to the pond where it might help to seal the ponds bottom. This could be at no cost for you. Over the past 30 yrs we have done this many times. The pond needs to be drained before applying it.
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Re: Applying Bentonite to sandy soil #527149 Oct 28th a 11:18 AM
by CityDad
This is it!

Ill sit back, maybe someone can get Otto or Lusk to come help.

Is draining an option?
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Re: Applying Bentonite to sandy soil #527150 Oct 28th a 11:24 AM
by Dave Davidson1
Dave Davidson1
First, draining and drying is the only option. Bentonite needs to be mixed into the sandy stuff. Have you considered a liner?

A PB mag article, don't remember which one but the PB office should have it, discussed this. As I recall, most of the issue was devoted to this. But, it has to be dry.
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Re: Applying Bentonite to sandy soil #527151 Oct 28th a 01:08 PM
by wbuffetjr
Maybe this is a situation where you'd be better off with soilfloc? Talk to TJ on here!
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Re: Applying Bentonite to sandy soil #529564 Jan 10th a 03:06 AM
by Snipe
I use a common compound-dense soda ash-in Sandy clay and sandy loam. The secret is knowing the procedure and the rate.
Part of my living is wrapped up in this so I'm not going to be too specific for 2 reasons, #1, soil type dictates amount per square foot and #2, the rates vary by depth and we've found through many trials what works in "X" soil and what doesn't.
The advantage of this procedure is where ponds fluctuate widely, the soil does not "crack" when water is off of it and it's about 1/5th the cost of anything else out there.
It's incorporated into soil and compacted but much thinner layers than bentonite.
EDIT: I need to clarify my statement here.. I am reluctant to state the entire process because if not done correctly you can have serious pH issues and it can inhibit plant growth of desirable species. I don't want someone trying this and have problems without understanding the procedure.
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