Adjusting the Moisture Content of Soil

You can adjust the moisture in your soil mix. In this case we’re using road base. You can see that this is too wet. If it looks glistening with water then it’s obviously too wet. If you squeeze it and see water coming out like this then it’s too wet. So you can take your digging tool – this is a grub hoe – you can mix drier soil with it until you get the right mixture. This is perfect right here. Let’s zoom in and take a good look at this. It has just enough moisture that when it’s tamped together it will turn into a hard block – a hard building block – and water won’t squish out of the bags.

Note: I look at every bucket of soil before dumping it in the bag to make sure the moisture content looks good. Sometimes the worker filling buckets makes a mistake.

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