Grove Sand and Poor Plant growth - Knowledgebase Question

Apopka, Fl
Question by sarah970
August 23, 2010
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Answer from NGA
August 23, 2010

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Sandy soils do drain extremely well but they do not hold nutrients so they're relatively poor in terms of root growth. You can enrich your soil over a period of years and end up with rich garden loam if you add organic matter. Start by spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the planting bed. You can use compost, aged manure (fresh manure can be too hot and might contain weed seeds), shredded leaves or whatever organic matter is readily available in your local area. Dig or till this organic matter into the soil - 8-10 inches deep. Plant your plants and mulch over the bare soil between the plants with additional organic matter. A 2-3 inch layer will help suppress weeds and slow water evaporation. At the end of the season dig the organic matter into the soil and add a fresh layer. Repeat this process annually and you'll end up with rich garden loam - and a spectacular garden. The organic matter will release nutrients as it breaks down but you can feed your plants with a time release 10-10-10 each spring. Enjoy your garden.

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