Good soil aids in the healthy growth of plants.
Before selecting the plants for your garden, you have to check which type of soil is present in your garden.
Soil testing is the way by which you can know which type of soil is present in your garden.
Depending on the nature of the soil, you have to take measures regarding which type of fertilizer is to be used in the soil to improve the growth of plants.
You have to understand nature of different types of soil with soil testing methods if you want to create the perfect garden. Different types of plants require different types of soil. So, you have to select the plants for your garden according to the nature of the soil present in it.
You can test your soil by taking a sample of it to the laboratory and you can also test it by some self soil testing kits. These soil testing kits will be helpful to find the amount of nutrients and pH level present in it.
Basically there are four types of soils namely:
- Acid soil
- Alkaline/chalk soil
- Clay soil
- Sandy soil
The plants which are suitable for these types of soils are explained as follows:
Acid soil: If your soil is declared as the acid soil in soil testing, then you have to grow lime loving plants in it. The lime loving plants are suitable for the acid soil. The acid percentage in the soil can be reduced up to certain extent by adding the fertilizers, which are high in nutrients.
Alkaline/chalk soil: In soil testing, if your soil is declared as the chalk/alkaline soil then it will be good news for you because you can grow plenty of different plants as long as you know.
This soil will be suitable for all types of plants, among them the best choices are hawthorn, birch, buddleia, clematis, roses, lilac, magnolia, honesty and bamboo.
Clay soil: Clay soil has some positive as well as some negative aspects. The positive point of the clay soil is it can hold nutrients and water for long period of time.
The negative point of this clay soil is, if there is any drought it will become too hard and dry to work with it, and during the wet spell it becomes too wet in order to work with it. Roses, daffodils and elder will be suitable for this soil. Don’t mix sand with clay unless you want concentrate.
Sandy soil: In the soil testing, if your soil is declared as the sandy soil then it will be great news for you because most of the plants thrive in it and it will be easy to dig for planting.
The one and only drawback with this sandy soil is the fertilizers and soil drains through very quickly. But, this problem can be solved if you dig some manure or compost in it.