Dealing With Sandy Soil

Nov 25, 2012

Dealing with sandy soil can be cumbersome when gardening. Though it will be a stricter process, it is impossible to change your soil bed's landscape. It may require some tilling and adding an entirely new nutrient base to your gardening area. The first thing to do is to get rid of the sand. You can shovel out the sand or till the ground while mixing some compost or other plant-based nutrients. You'll want to get as much sand out of the ground as possible since this can affect the way your plants grow. If you are also dealing with clay soil, be sure to save any leftover sand. Sand is an excellent way to break up clay in the soil. Make sure it does not play sand. Sand should be as natural as possible.

If you shovel out a large portion of sand, you can also find ways to recycle it. If you do not need sand, then the best method is to flush the ground out with a hose. That is the best way to get every grain of sand from the ground, and it will also refresh the ground you want to work with. Once the sand is flushed or shoveled away, then add the necessary soil or compost. You can get bags of soil from a local nursery or store. Make sure to proportion how much ground soil you will need to save money and to get the right amount of nutrients for your plants.

Fertilizer and compost are also great things to add to a formerly sandy area since there are plenty of nutrients that will come to stimulate your plants. You can use compost interchangeably, and both have the same positive effects for soil stimulation. Always make sure the soil quality has the right feel to it. It should not be too dry or wet in any way. Healthy soil should have a moist, earthy smell to it.

Once the soil is ready, then plant whichever seed or starter plant you like. You can also add mulch to your soil to protect the ground. Mulch will maintain the soil over time, and it will also keep weeds away from your garden. Complex chip mulch is some of the best barriers against insects and weeds, and it will keep the soil moist and healthy. Gardening with sandy soil will take some dedication and persistence, but you can achieve a healthy garden in such barren.