Preparing your garden soil: Getting started


garden soil graphicGarden Soil Overview

When it comes to gardening, it is easy to get carried away with deciding which plants, trees, and shrubs to plant. We tend to get focused on how wonderful the greenery will look and how those brilliant blooms will brighten our yards But in order to achieve the most lush look possible, it is vitally important to do the dirty work - prepare your garden soil.

To achieve the best results possible, don`t even step into a nursery until your garden soil is ready. Otherwise your plants will spend too much time in the suffocating plastic packets at home as you get your garden soil ready for planting.

If you are e starting fresh with a new garden area, the first thing you should do is remove any large debris - rocks, branches, sticks. Then lay out the shape of your garden using string.

Then you will need to consider the quality of your existing garden soil, including the pH level; which fertilizers your garden soil will need, and what additives and organic matter will work best to give you a robust, vibrant garden, based around a concrete fountain or water feature of magnificent design.

Becoming familiar with your garden soil is key to the success of your garden. It will guide you in how to fertilize and water, whether from irrigation or fountains, and, ultimately, be the basis of a thriving garden.

Soil Amendments
Almost all garden soil will benefit from additives, which can improve drainage, retain moisture, provide aeration, and supply organic matter. Garden soil is heavilly dependent on organic matter, the decaying of once living plants and animals. For your garden to prosper, your soil must be rich in nutrients.

Soil pH
One of the main components that make up good vs. bad soil is its pH. This used to be the province of scientists and chemistry students, but over the past few years it has become part of the home gardener's everyday world.

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