Soil How To

Know your soil type before selecting plants for your garden - it's best to find out what type of soil is in your garden. Plants suited to your soil type will perform better - they will be healthier, more disease resistant and produce more fruit and flowers.

Sandy soils are fast draining with good aeration but are usually low in nutrients. You can improve this by adding well-rotted organic matter such as animal manure, compost or leaf litter. Sandy soils require fertiliser more often than clay soils.

Clay soils are slow draining, have poor aeration and are usually higher in nutrients than sandy soils. They can be improved by adding gypsum and well-rotted organic matter.

Things to consider

  • In most instances it is better to improve your existing soil than to add bought soil to your garden.
  • If you are unsure what type of soil you have, take a sample to your local nursery.

Equipment and Suppliers

Australian Native Landscapes
  • Native Mix Low "P"
    $48.50 per m³
    • 30 per cent soil

    • 30 per cent D/W coarse sand

    • 20 per cent composted sawdust

    • 20 per cent Greenlife low phosphorus native soil mix

  • Planter Box Mix
    This mixture is a light, free draining medium, suitable for planter box and rooftop applications. $42.50 per m³
    • 30 per cent soil

    • 10 per cent graded ash

    • 10 per cent D/W coarse sand

    • 10 per cent Nepean sand

    • 20 per cent composted sawdust

    • 10 per cent Botany Humus Mix

    • 10 per cent Composted Pine Bark

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