This is the season of lawn and garden projects, and it is the time of year when most people actually spend time thinking about their topsoil. In some areas, where the topsoil has a high clay content, it holds water and can tend to slow plant growth and lead to root rot. In other areas, the higher sand content of the topsoil leads to quicker drainage but also means you spend a lot of time and money watering. Luckily, there are things you can do to your Nottingham soil to help it retain moisture longer.
Compost is the decomposed remains of organisms that were once alive, including plants and insects. Good compost has a high humus content which allows it to hold more water so mixing it in can keep your topsoil from drying out. Mix the compost into your existing soil in a 1:3 ratio for best results.
Peat moss is another soil additive used to increase water holding ability. It is widely available in garden stores and simple to work into the soil. Peat moss grows underwater in boggy areas and it can hold up to 20 times its weight in water. This means that a little peat moss can have a big impact. You only need to lay about an inch of peat moss on the soil’s surface and then till it in. It also has a low pH spit is a good additive to balance high pH soils.
Mulch is your best line of defense between the heat of the sun evaporating moisture from any exposed soil. A 3-6 inch layer of mulch will hold in the moisture. That mulch could be shredded wood mulch that you buy, or a layer of organic material such as grass clippings, leaves, or straw. Make sure that you water the soil well before laying down the mulch.
If your soil is exceptionally sandy, consider augmenting it with clay soil. The clay in clay soil chemically bonds with water so it stays wet much longer than soil without clay. Be careful if you’re buying clay soil – often this fill dirt is actually clay subsoil which has very few nutrients. Once you’ve found high-quality clay soil, simply mix it together with your sandy soil in a 1:1 ratio to form the perfectly balanced soil that you need.
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If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for spring, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you. Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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