How to improve sandy soil

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How to improve sandy soil

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Good soil in your garden helps retain nutrients and hold enough water for your plants to grow. Sandy soil, while having its advantages, will leech these essential ingredients. We’ll show you how to change your sandy soil so that it retains the nutrients from fertiliser and water. 

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Find out if your soil is water repellent
2 Add compost and manure
3 Blend your old and new soil together
  • Step 1. Find out if your soil is water repellent

    Using a watering can, pour water across your soil. If the water just pools on top of the soil, your soil is repellent. To improve this, you’ll need to add some water granules to your soil. Use about a handful per square metre and spread the granules across the top of your soil. The granules will remove the waxiness of your soil and allow more water in.
  • Step 2. Add compost and manure

    Next, add in some compost and manure to your soil. Spread it out evenly across your surface, ready to be turned into the soil. These two additions will give you a good combination to improve your soil.

  • Step 3. Blend your old and new soil together

    Next, mix the soil up with your existing sandy soil by turning it over with a shovel. This will prevent you having sandy soil sitting beneath the nutrient-enriched good soil on the top. Rake it out to level your surface and give it a good water. Now your soil will be ready for planting.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Knife
  • Rake
  • Safety gear
  • Shovel
  • Watering can

Materials

  • Compost
  • Cow manure
  • Wetter granules
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