Richland Soil and Water

Soil testing

Richland County has 125 different soils types. Some of these soil types are more common than others and are typically found grouped next to each other. These “grouped” soils are called Soil Associations; there are eleven Soil Associations within Richland County:

Map showing the soil associations of Richland County, Ohio
Soil Associations of Richland County, Ohio

Shoals-Chili-Wheeling Association

Deep soils found on nearly level to moderately steep slopes. These are somewhat poorly drained and well-drained soils that are found on flood plains, terraces, and outwash deposits (from melting glaciers).

Belmore-Haney Association

Deep soils found on gently sloping to moderately steep slopes. These are well-drained to moderately well-drained soils that were formed in glacial outwash deposits mainly on kames and eskers (embankments & mounds left by melting glaciers).

Fitchville-Luray-Bennington Association

Deep soils found on nearly level to gently sloping slopes. These are somewhat poorly drained and very poorly drained soils formed in freshwater deposits and by glacial plowing.

Pewamo-Bennington Association

Deep soils found on nearly level to gently sloping slopes. These are very poorly drained and somewhat poorly drained soils formed by glacial plowing.

Rittman-Wadsworth Association

Deep soils found on level to moderately steep slopes. These are moderately well-drained and somewhat poorly drained soils that contain a hard dense layer called a fragipan. They were formed by glacial plowing.

Bennington-Cardington Association

Deep soils found on nearly level to gently sloping slopes. These are somewhat poorly drained and moderately well-drained soils that were formed by glacial plowing.

Wooster-Loudonville Association

Deep and moderately deep soils found on gently sloping to very steep slopes. These are well-drained soils that were formed by glacial plowing.

Hanover-Titusville-Loudonville Association

Deep and moderately deep soils found on gently sloping to steep slopes. These are well-drained and moderately well-drained soils that were formed by glacial plowing.

Lordstown-Loudonville Association

Moderately deep soils found on gently sloping to steep slopes. These are well-drained soils that were formed by glacial plowing and weathering (breaking down) of sandstone bedrock.

Wooster-Canfield Association

Deep soils found on nearly level to very steep slopes. These are well-drained and moderately well-drained soils that contain a hard dense layer called a fragipan. They were formed by glacial plowing.

Cardington-Alexandria Association

Deep soils found on gently sloping to very steep slopes. These are moderately well-drained and well-drained soils that were formed by glacial plowing. 

For more information:

Richland County Soil Survey

What Soil Is In My Backyard?