Improving your soil

Good soil is the foundation of a healthy waterwise garden, the healthier your soil the more drought resistant your plants will be.

Sandy soil, commonly found in WA, has a low water and nutrient holding capacity. Here are some handy tips on how to improve your soil:

  • Apply a soil improver with a wetting agent at the start of winter rains, in early summer and as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • The easiest time to improve soil is when planting, when it can be thoroughly mixed with the top 30cm of soil.
  • Apply soil improver from the top to an established garden by spreading a layer of compost and then a layer of waterwise mulch.
  • Always water in wetting agents until they foam. This means they are activated and doing their job. To make the most of your wetting agent apply a soil improver and waterwise mulch.
  • Add organic matter, also known as compost for healthy plant growth
    • Animal manures, worm farm residue, bagged soil improver and soil conditioners are all good sources of organic matter
  • Add soil amendments, also called clays to improve water and nutrient holding capacity   

Watch this video about improving your soil through the use of wetting agents:

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Watch this video about improving your soil through the use of clay:

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