In this time of the pandemic, some people are encouraged to take up gardening after seeing the success of other people. Unfortunately, not all people seem to have that “green thumb.” And if you seem to be stumped by soil fertility and nutrients, you can always start a sand garden. Can plants really grow in sand? If a cactus can, other plants can grow well in sand. You can easily buy sands Australia from landscaping stores such as Labrador Landscape and start small first before expanding your sand garden.
How can some plants grow in sand?
Nutrients in sand are easily washed away by water and rain. Therefore, the types of plants growing in sand, such as cacti, need to have the ability to quickly absorb water in sufficient quantities to maintain life. This is why desert plants have fewer or no leaves and stronger roots. These are for absorbing water faster and to hold on well to loose sandy soil.
When you buy sands Australia, make sure to enquire about sand for plants such as sandy loam, rather than sand for mixing cement.
What type of plants grow well in sand
Cacti look lovely in a garden, especially if you grow different varieties. Other plants suitable for sand are sedum, lamb’s ears, purple coneflower, coreopsis, lavender, euphorbia, bearded Iris, black-eyed Susan, butterfly weed, Phlox, and salvia.
These types of plants can withstand drying cycles easily and prefer sandy soil that does not retain excessive moisture.
The pros of sand gardening
- Little chance of over-watering – Traditional plants in traditional soil can die if overwatered. That won’t happen with plants in sand because plants growing in sand need to be regularly replenished with water. The only exception is cacti that can be watered only once every couple of days.
- Easy to add fertiliser – Sandy soil is easily pushed aside so fertiliser can be added. Also, plants growing in sand need less fertiliser compared to other plants.
- Easier for roots to grow – The roots of plants growing in sand can grow fast and hold on to sandy soil. The soil also discourages invasive weeds and pests.
Labrador Landscape Supplies
When people buy sands Australia, many think of landscaping and play pits. However, sand is a versatile material and plants can still grow in sand for decorative purposes. All sand provided by Labrador Landscape is of the highest quality. Deliveries of sand and other landscape materials are done quickly wherever you are in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Let us give you our expert advice by calling us at 07 5537 2841 or visit Labrador Landscape at https://landscape-supply.com.au/.