Landscaping can be a great way to improve the appearance and textures of your garden and make it a more relaxing place to be. However, if you have sandy soil, this may be more problematic. In this article, we will look at ways of improving your soil, and discuss how to landscape in sandy soil to greatest effect. Additionally, we will also look at how to diagnose sandy soil on your own, without the need for professional intervention.
Improving Soil Constitution
If your soil is sandy, you will notice it is a nightmare to work with. You will find planting a nightmare, and when it comes to landscaping, you know how much of a hassle that can be. One thing you can do off your own back, without too much hassle is improve the quality of your soil.
Sandy soil is very fine in nature, and as such does not have great sticking, or nutrient retaining properties. To correct this problem, you need to add organic material. Organic material will help to thicken the soil, and improve its ability to hold water and mineral essential for plant life. Now this wont be possible overnight, but it can be achieved relatively easily. One way of doing so is to lay straw.
Straw will provide a consistent result throughout your soil, and so is an excellent way of improving. Ensure the straw is liberally distributed throughout the soil, and well mixed in to ensure a better finish. This way, when the straw decomposes it will add a richness to the sandy soil, and help plant growth within your garden.
It will also make landscaping easier, as anyone who has tried to landscape in sandy soil will testify. Additionally, contouring in sandy soil is almost impossible, given that the soil shifts with ease. By thickening up the soil, you can make it more receptive to contouring, and consequently afford more elaborate landscaping techniques.
Planting in Sand
It is important to understand that certain plants perform better in certain types of soil. To improve the appearance of your land, you need to firstly find out which plants are more receptive to sandy soil, before you can begin to plan your landscaping. There are numerous resources online and in your local library which would be ideal guides to planting in sandy soils, and contain loads of other informative articles and chapters on how to landscape in sandy soil.
When planting in sandy soil, you need to make sure you water plants heavily. The water retaining properties of sandy soil are much less than in clay soil, making a landscape in sandy soil harder to achieve. Whilst improving the quality of soil, it is important to give your growing plants a great deal of attention to ensure they survive in such hostile conditions.
Trying to landscape in sandy soil is most certainly an uphill struggle. However, if you try to improve the quality of your soil, you will soon find that the process becomes significantly easier. If you are in doubt as to the quality of your soil, there are a variety of tests you can do. Pick the soil up in your hands. Is it sharp? Is it fine? Does it sift easily? Sandy soil is easy to diagnose, and once you have done so, easy to correct with very little input, for the benefit of your garden landscaping.