Gardening

How to Improve Sandy Soil

Sandy soil doesn’t mean sand-dunes and wind-swept summer holidays. All you have to do is improve the structure, and pick plants for sandy soil. There are a few things to remember however.

Sandy soil is made up of larger particles, this soil type is extremely free-draining (doesn’t keep water as much as other soil types). This just means you need to water more often. It also means that the soil is a lot lower in nutrients.

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The greatest advantage of having a sandy soil garden is that it warms up faster (unlike a typical English summer).

Warmer soil makes for happier plants, and you plants, shrubs and trees grow faster than gardens with heavier soil.

How to improve Sandy Soil

– Add as much organic material as you can. This could be horse manure, garden compost or leaf mould. As long as it is high in nutrients, and helps to improve the soil quality, then your plants will appreciate it.

– Water thoroughly and as much as possible, especially in the warmer summer months. Remember, the sand particles let the water drain away at an incredible rate, so keeping it moist is something your plants will thank you for in the long run.

– When adding the organic matter, then consider adding vermiculite to the mix. Vermiculite is used to help retain moisture in the ground when it’s watered. Imagine if you screwed up a small piece of paper and put it in water, this is effectively how vermiculite works.

Top 5 Plants for Sandy Soil

Sandy Soil Collage
Top Left: Hebe, Bottom Left: Choysia Ternata, Middle: Lavandula, Top Right: Verbena Bonariensis, Bottom Right: Hibiscus

 

So there you have it, some of the top tips and plants for sandy soil.

What do you think? If you have sandy soil in your garden, then I would love for you to share your own experience, including what plants you have that grow well too.

Please do tell me about your own experiences in the comments below, and share on Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook so that everyone can see that you don’t need to be restricted when it comes to planting in sandy soil.

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