Soil stability

Soil stability

Stability and consistency of soil structure

Stability refers to the resistance of that soil to any changes caused by external forces such as rainfall, cultivation e.t.c.

Stability of the soil is influenced by:

  • Soil texture i.e. soils rich in sand are less stable than those rich in clay.
  • Organic matter content. The higher the amount of humus, the higher the stability of the soil.

Consistency of soil structure: is the degree of cohesion of individual soil particles and the resistance of these aggregates/ particles to breakage when they are handled.