Pure sand is never ideal for growing plants. However, sand can be used to grow a limited number of plant species. Sand can also be mixed with organic matter to create loose soil for growing other selection of plants, including some vegetables. Coarse sand is the best for this and can be used as a soil component that allows water to gather in pockets to feed roots as they search for soil nutrients. The sand also creates pockets of oxygen to breathe life into roots. If your garden happens to have clay or loamy soil, you can buy sands Australia from your local landscape supplies (such as Labrador Landscape) to mix into the soil.
Plants that grow well in coarse sand or sandy soil
If you’re serious about plants in sand, consider planting and raising succulents like cacti, sedum, lamb’s ears, purple coneflower, coreopsis, lavender, and euphorbia species. You can also research sand trees and grasses if you want to go that far. These types of plant species will tolerate drying cycles even in hot and arid environments such as Australia has. These plants also prefer soil environments that don’t retain excessive moisture. Don’t grow these plants in clay-type soil.
Using coarse sand with top or potting soil
If you have a deep layer of topsoil or potting soil, work in coarse sand around 1 or 2 inches into the soil. For potting soil, make sure that organic material is already put in deep, approximately 3 to 4 inches, before adding the coarse sand. The organic material will give plants more nutrients and minerals to grow healthy. For vegetable vines, the vines and harvest will be thick and plump. If your garden soil is clay-based, you will need to purchase and add quite a bit of organic matter and coarse sand to the soil to give plants a fighting chance at healthy growing. For potting soil and sand, mix both well in large containers, even for gardens. For topsoil, after adding the organic matter and coarse sand, be sure to till the garden with a rake.
Labrador Landscape Supplies
Whether you need to buy sands Australia like coarse sand, fine river sand, white straddle sand, or a range of other garden and landscaping supplies and materials, Labrador Landscape Supplies is always dependable, especially if you live in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. For materials and supplies for your residential or commercial landscaping or gardening project, visit us at http://landscape-supply.com.au/.