Guide: 3 Types of Soil

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Types of Soil

Are you hoping to bring up your garden game? Or take some inspiration from the coolest gardens around? 

Building the perfect home garden starts with a firm foundation — literally. Soil needs to be well-tended and fertilized. 

You need to begin with good ground for anything to grow tall and beautiful, and for that, you’ll need to know the different types of soil you can be working with. Look no further than this quick and easy guide to three types of soil that you can encounter when gardening. 

Let’s “dig” in!

  1. Loamy 

The best kind of soil has a good balance of three ingredients: silt, clay, and sand. Loamy soil is the ideal soil that contains all of these ingredients. 

Loamy soil is normally dark and feels smooth and a little dry. When you push loamy soil together it usually sticks really well, and when you water the soil it is quick to take and retain that water. 

Loamy soil also comes with some great additions like a good pH for gardening and calcium. If you ever want to plant a vegetable garden, this is the soil to do it in!

You can use tools like soil probes to get a good read on the components of soil to understand what type it is. 

  1. Clay

Clay soil takes from its name. It’s fairly lumpy, and sticky like clay when it’s dry. 

This soil requires a bit more maintenance. Because it’s so sticky and dense, it’s hard to drain water from it. 

However, with careful and precise irrigation, you can yield a lot of success from planting in this type of soil! Try flowers that fall into the perennial family and greenage like shrubs for the best results with clay soil.

  1. Sandy

Finally, there’s sandy soil. This soil, like clay soil, takes a lot from its name. 

Sandy soil is like sand: gritty to touch and quick to dry. Because of this, it also requires a bit of maintenance to stay productive (but so does any soil!). 

Adding good fertilizer and a layer of mulch will supplement sandy soil with key nutrients to help flowers grow. Putting the mulch on top of it will help the sandy soil stay hydrated instead of losing all of its water. 

Sandy soil is most compatible with flowers and shrubs that have bulbs (like tulips) and root vegetables (like carrots). 

Grow Your Green Thumb by Knowing These Types of Soil

Now you’ve gotten a glimpse into three types of soil that might be in your backyard. And this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to types of soil and gardening. 

There’s a whole world of soils ready for you to explore, and knowing more about them will help you plant the right seeds and create the most beautiful garden imaginable. So what are you waiting for? 

Time to put that green thumb to good use by checking out some of our other posts to keep learning. And remember to come back again soon for more content!

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