Find out when and where to use which soil in the garden
When it comes to gardening and growing, “having your feet on the ground” isn’t just a compliment – it’s a necessity. We all know that healthy gardens start with healthy soil, but different plants have different requirements too.
Do you know which bag of soil to choose from the wide range available in your garden center? Don’t worry, we’ve got some simple tips to help you get the most from your soil the next time you’re investing time and money in your garden.
If you are planting a seed, use a professional germination mix.
This lightly mixed potting mix is carefully formulated for optimal seed germination. Fill your trays with this delicate mixture, sow your seeds and watch them grow.
If you are planting seedlings, use seedling mixture.
Transplant the seedlings from the germination mix directly into the seedling mix for hollow trays, planters or planters. This will ensure that you grow healthy, resilient transplants with strong root systems.
If you are planting lawn, use compost.
Dig compost in your existing garden to enrich the soil before laying an instant lawn or sowing your choice of grass seeds.
If you are feeding an existing lawn, use lawn covering.
This is usually done in the spring. Scarify your lawn and apply a coat of organic lawn spray to transform your dull grass into a lush meadow of greenery.
If you are adjusting the dirt levels, use topsoil.
Good quality topsoil is best for filling in holes in your lawn or adding height to flower beds. It can also be used in large raised beds, mixed with compost, to create better growing conditions.
If you are planting in a container, use a professional Potting mix.
It is the “right” soil in the gardening world. It is suitable for most plants so fill your pots and plant straight away. The potting mix added fertilizer and the right amount of raw material to maintain the ideal balance of water retention / drainage and retain enough water to keep your plants healthy.
If you are planting new plants in the garden, use compost or mix of landscapers.
Use either compost mixed with existing garden soil or a landscaping mix – a ready-made topsoil / compost mixture. Both contain organic matter and add beneficial microbes, micronutrients, and macronutrients to your soil.
If you are planting acid-loving plants like fynbos, azaleas, camellias, and hydrangeas, use acidic compost.
Before planting acid-loving plants, be sure to mix some acidic compost into your garden soil. Also use this combination for potted plants that like acid. For seasonal feeding, simply mix some acidic compost into the top layer of soil around the plants and water well.
If you are planting vegetables, use compost.
Vegetables need large amounts of nutrient-rich soil to produce healthy foods. Mix a generous amount of compost in your vegetable garden each year. Consider adding some kraal manure and vermicompost to produce an award-winning crop.
If you are repotting your beloved orchid, use mix of orchids.
This is usually done every one to two years after flowering. Remove the plant, discard the old mixture and cut off the dead roots. Then, replant directly into an orchid mix, which contains organic fertilizer to nourish the annual bloom, as well as charcoal to maintain a moist but healthy root environment.
If you are planting succulents, use succulent mix.
Succulents need a well-drained medium to thrive. Plant your aloes, crassulas and other succulents directly in this mixture for best results. Remember to provide plenty of sun and not to overwater.
If you are planting herbs, use mixture of herbs.
Whether you are planting herbs in pots, containers or boxes, this is your first choice. Plant the seedlings directly into filled containers. The additional fertilizer in the herb mix will allow your herbs to thrive for at least three months before you need to supplement with liquid fertilizer.
If you are planting bonsai trees, use bonsai mix.
Due to the lack of space and nutrients, bonsai trees need to be repotted fairly regularly. Do this before the growing season and use a bonsai mix to replenish your tree with essential nutrients, while ensuring sufficient drainage. After three months, start liquid fertilizing or top up with a slow release fertilizer.
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