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Soil: know the differences

When landscaping, it is important to know the type of soil to use for your needs. This can vary by climate, use, and length of use. Make sure to read through this guide, and determine the type of soil that is ideal for your planting, transplanting, and replanting needs.

Plant health, and by extension, planetary health, literally rests on healthy soils. Why throw out all my effort at the critical stage of providing the foundation for healthy growing?

Potting soil

Potting soil is suitable for  repotting plants in pots, trays and tubs. The composition of the potting soil provides a good mixture of water, nutrients and air. This is necessary for a good development of the root system, and an optimal growth of the plants.

Universal potting soils can also contain the necessary nutrients for the first two months of plant growth. There are a few potting soils with 3 months supply of nutrients. To these potting soils fertilizer pellets are added, which slowly break down, providing the 3 month supply.

Manual potting

Apply a layer of potting soil at the bottom of the container, don’t pack it tightly, but rather sprinkle it out of your hand into the container. Put the plant in the pot, tray or tub and fill it to within an inch ofthe rim with potting soil. Press the dirt gently and water it thoroughly, give the plants regular water. Provide the plants after two months with a fresh potting mixturel for new nutrients, or transplant them to the ground if the season is ready.

Tip: Place a layer of hydro granules at the drainage holes of the pot, tray or tub. This allows for better water drainage.

Coconut potting soil

Coconut potting soils hold water and nutrients longer than traditional potting soils. It is a high quality, extra fertilized soil for transplanting and repotting of all plants in pots, trays, tubs or into the ground. The coconut fibers act like a sponge, they have a very high water holding capacity. You therefore have to give less frequent watering. The coconut in addition, provides an open structure, through which roots can grow rapidly, due to having a fibrous structure to cling to.

Tip: the base of coconut fibers need be given less water than normal potting soils. So only water when the soil feels dry to the touch.

Garden turf, often called Peat

Peat is suitable for replanting acid-loving plants in the ground, such as rhododendron, azalea, pieris, skimmia and heather plants. The composition of peat ensures that the soil is acidic, lighter and possesses a higher moisture retention around the plant.

This makes for a good growth and development of the root system, and an optimal growth of acidophilic garden plants. Peat, also referred to by frozen black peat is a natural product from the deepest layers of peat. It is 100% organic.

Replanting with peat instructions

Make a hole that is so large that the roots can spread freely. The hole should be twice as wide as it is deep. Apply a layer of peat into the planting hole. Put the plants in it and then fill it to the brim with peat. Press both mid-point and at the end of filling, the ground lightly.

The first weeks of regular watering after replanting, when using potting soils or peat, you should follow the following tips:

  • Peat– spread 2 inches of peat on top of it, to help retain moisture
  • Potting soils– spread straw around the plant base, then rake it into the dirt
Tip: after planting, build a low ridge of soil around the plant. This ensures that the water can not flow out.
Check out our review of the Top 3 Liquid Lawn Fertilizers if you need more help in growing plants for replanting or transplanting.

Garden soil

Fertilized garden soil is suitable for landfill, leveling and complementary to your current garden soil.

It is also suitable for maintenance and improvement of soil structure; biological life in the soil is stimulated so that the soil is loose and crumbly and therefore easy to process. Furthermore the, formed by the biological life, humus sure the soil is fertile and damp tenacious.

Instructions for using garden soils

Rake good release the existing ground and bring the garden soil over your garden. Mix the existing soil with garden soil by raking light and then spray your garden. When you work a layer of garden soil fertilized by the upper layer in heavy clay soil is to cultivate the land looser and easier.

Tip: Do NOT plant garden plants not fertilized in garden soils, but in a quality potting soils.
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