light grey sandy soil - Knowledgebase Question

springhill, Fl
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Question by mcoledad
October 7, 2009
Aflew weeks ago I asked about my soil and you told me to add blackcow compost and garden soils and rottoetiller it in the ground i did. I put 3 bags of each.three weeks later you cant tell its sand.(IF i use small pine pieces and use large pine nuggets will this help?is this good for orlanders, azalea.

Answer from NGA
October 7, 2009
Although your soil may look sandy on top, it is probably nice a few inches down, which is where the roots of your plants will be. Try digging down 8 inches or so to see how it looks there. Improving soil is a long process. Each year you'll want to add a few more inches of organic matter and dig it into the soil. In a few years you'll end up with rich garden loam instead of sand. Any organic matter you add will improve your soil. Bulk in the form of aged manure, straw, pine needles, or shredded leaves will break down slowly (so you'll be able to see it in the soil) and will help hold moisture and release nutrients to the roots of your plants. Bark nuggets won't add a lot of nutrients or help turn your sandy soil into loamy soil because they will take years and years to decompose. I'd stick with smaller particles of organic matter to help improve the soil. Be sure to add more each year. Azaleas like acidic soils. Peat moss will help acidify your soil. Oleanders grow in almost any kind of soil so you won't have to do anything special for them. Good luck with your landscape!

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