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Making sure that your garden space is healthy is one thing, but maximising its potential as far as plant growth is concerned is something else entirely. The majority of plant life requires soil in one form or another – but a little known fact is that the type of soils that we most commonly use can be even more effective when combined with others. read more... 8th November 2015
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Making sure that your garden space is healthy is one thing, but maximising its potential as far as plant growth is concerned is something else entirely. The majority of plant life requires soil in one form or another – but a little known fact is that the type of soils that we most commonly use can be even more effective when combined with others.
This technique has been practiced for hundreds of years and many of us do it without even realising. There are specific soil types that combine so well that the nutritional value within the composition is healthier than any plant food that can be purchased, so here’s a look at just a few of those combinations, what they can do for your soil space and how they can help your garden to flourish.
While this pair may not seem to be a likely match, the truth is that individually they can substantially promote growth – and so together they are even more effective. The naturally loamy properties of top dressing are filled with a variety of vitamins and minerals, and the overall composition of top dressing allows the soil to moderate the rate in which these nutrients are absorbed by roots.
By providing a consistent flow of nutrients at regular intervals, top dressing makes it easy for plants to settle in to the soil bed – which allows them to focus on their rate of growth above all else. Where things get really interesting is with the introduction of turf soil – a topsoil so rich in nutrients that its uses go way beyond the potential to stimulate growth of grass seeds and turf.
Where pre turf soil really stands out from the crowd, is in its ability to provide nutrients as soon as the roots come into contact with its composition. Its main use is as a layer of topsoil when rolls of turf are due to be laid; or grass seeds will be sewn. Its nutrient rich composition is thick enough to support plant growth, whilst being fine enough to allow roots to easily take hold and spread.
When combined, these two types of soil create a powerhouse of nutrients which allow roots to take hold as quickly as possible, whilst providing a consistent influx of vitamins to aid in plant growth. By mixing the two types and then applying them to your garden – you’ll benefit from a healthy patch that all but guarantees growth of vegetables, flowers, fruit and trees alike.
If you prefer a softer soil composition, then the combination of top dressing and screened soil could well be the way to go. As mentioned above, top dressings thicker composition can provide a consistent influx of nutrients to any plant life present and when paired with screened soil, which is both peat free and comprises a sandy loam, the healthy potential is endless.
All roots can benefit when their need to struggle for a firm hold is minimised and that’s exactly what screened soil encourages. Its composition is so thin (in many cases no finer than 10mm), making it very easy for roots to take hold and spread underground. When paired with the nutrient-rich composition of top dressing, the ability to promote healthy plant growth is second to none.
Furthermore, as screened soil has a tendency to retain moisture without clumping, the potential for roots to spread evenly underground can be even more beneficial. As the nutritional values immediately go to work for both newly planted and previously established plants, there’s no limit to the type of vegetation that can be grown.
As both of these soils are ideal for topsoil purposes (where their nutrients can go straight to work with every fresh watering), it’s no wonder that they’re so effective as a pair. Border soil in particular contains a rich sandy composition (up to 40% in some instances), and the remaining compost is filled with healthy vitamins that make border soil very fertile.
When combined, border and pre turf soil provide the perfect one-two knockout of consistent vitamins and healthy minerals. If you’re planning on using this combination together we’d recommend frequent watering, as the nutrients will start from the surface and then make their way down as gravity does its job.