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Revitalising your garden soil: Our tips for healthier land

Every keen gardener knows that the secret to a thriving garden isn’t just in the plants you choose or the design you envision. It’s deep below the surface, in the very soil that nourishes every root and leaf. Ensuring your garden soil is robust and healthy is paramount. But how can one truly revitalise tired, worn-out land? Let’s delve into some expert tried-and-tested tips and tricks.

Understand your soil type – know your base

Perth’s landscape is varied, and so is its soil. From the sandy soils of coastal regions to the loamy earth found further inland, knowing your soil type is the first step. Get a simple soil testing kit to understand its pH and nutrient levels. This will inform the specific needs of your garden and guide your revitalisation efforts.

Composting – nature’s gold

Why compost? Composting isn’t just an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of organic waste; it’s a treasure trove for gardens. This decomposed organic matter enriches the soil, making it more fertile and improving its texture.

Creating your own compost heap

Begin with a mix of green materials (like veggie scraps and lawn clippings) and brown materials (like dry leaves). Over time, with regular turning and the right moisture levels, you’ll have a heap of dark, crumbly compost ready to enrich your garden.

Mulching – the Protective Blanket

Mulch conserves moisture, suppresses weeds, and over time, breaks down to enrich the soil.

Choosing the right mulch

In Australia, sugarcane mulch, pea straw, and lucerne are popular choices. However, consider local options that might be sustainable and suitable for your specific garden needs. You can ask our team if you are in doubt, or when you pop into your local garden store, the team there will be able to help you.

Green manures – the growth boost 

Green manures are plants that are grown to be dug back into the soil. Typically, legumes like beans and peas are used, as they fix nitrogen from the air into the soil. Once they reach peak growth, dig them into the soil to decompose. This organic matter not only adds nutrients but also improves soil structure.

Regular aeration – let your soil breathe

Over time, soil can become compacted, especially in high-traffic areas. This compaction restricts root growth and limits the soil’s ability to absorb water and nutrients. Simple aeration techniques, like using a garden fork to create holes, can help alleviate this, giving roots the space they need to flourish.

A long-term commitment

Soil revitalisation isn’t a one-off task. It’s an ongoing commitment to nurturing the foundation of your garden. By understanding your soil and giving it the care it needs, you’re not only ensuring a healthier garden today but laying the groundwork for blooms and harvests for years to come.

 

Are you ready to turn over a new leaf with your Perth garden? 

While these tips are a great starting point, every garden is unique. LHP Landscaping & Joel Irrigation can offer tailored solutions for your specific soil and landscaping needs. Get in touch with us today, and let’s breathe new life into your garden together.