PLYMOUTH COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS SOIL SURVEY UPDATE
Freetown Soils: Very deep, nearly level, very poorly drained organic soil formed in more than 51 inches of highly decomposed organic material. Freetown soils are in depressions, kettle holes, along streams and rivers or on flat, level areas of uplands or outwash plains.
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Freetown Pedon Description 2305501
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Unit (s): 052, 53, 55
Classification: Dysic mesic, Typic Medisaprists.
Drainage Class: Very poorly drained.
Parent Material: Freetown soils formed in greater than 51 inches of organic material.
Permeability: Moderate or moderately rapid.
Available Water Holding Capacity: High.
Soil Reaction (pH): pH is less than 4.5 in 0.01 molar calcium chloride.
Depth to Bedrock: Greater than 65 inches.
Seasonal High Watertable: Depth: +3.0 to 0.5 feet below the surface.
Months: January to December.
Hydrologic Group: D.
Hydric Soil: Yes.
Flooding/Ponding Potential: Frequency and Type: Frequently ponded.
Duration and Months: Long to very long, January to December.
Map unit 53 is ponded up to 6 feet throughout the year.
Map unit 55 is periodically flooded throughout the year for cranberry management practices.
Potential Inclusions: Swansea, Scarboro, Berryland, and Sippican soils are similar inclusions. Poorly drained Wareham, Saugatuck and Pipestone soils are on higher elevations.
Agriculture: Poorly suited for most agricultural uses mainly due to wetness. Map unit 55 is important/unique farmland for cranberry production.
Woodland: Poorly suited due to wetness. Freetown soils have a sever limitation for tree throw hazard.
Development: Poorly suited due to seasonal high watertables at or near the surface for prolong periods of time. Organic layers have very low strength and should be removed to support loads.
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