Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Landscaping: Soil

Though soil might appear to be the most trivial component of any landscape, it’s actually one of the most significant. For lawns and plants to grow properly, soil must have the right texture and balance of nutrients. Good garden soil is composed of sand, silt, clay and organic material, but few landscapes come naturally equipped with an ideal balance of these four components.

Homeowners can have their soil tested to learn which amendments they need to create the ideal growing medium for their landscaping needs. Heavy clay soils might need the addition of sand to lighten the texture, while nutrient-poor soils benefit from the addition of compost, manure or other organic material.
 
 
Screened Top Soil

Screened topsoil is soil excavated from a particular site, then sifted through a series of screens to remove rocks, weed roots, clumps or other debris. The resulting product is lighter and finer than unscreened soil, making it easy to mix with other soil amendments such as sand. 
 
  
Soil Conditioner

Various types of soil conditioners exist to replace or enhance the nutrients or textures lacking in a particular soil sample. Common conditioners—also called soil amendments—include peat, manure, lime and vermiculite. 
 
 
Organic Soil

Soils featuring an organic label contain certified organic ingredients, such as compost from organically-fed animals. These soils are also devoid of the chemical pesticides, fertilizers and fungicides present in many commercial soils.

   
       
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