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What are the best types of topsoil for plants?
25th January 2021

What are the best types of topsoil for plants?

The three main types of soil found in the UK are sand, silt and clay, with most soils consisting of a mixture of two or three of these ingredients in varying amounts.

Most plants thrive in a nutrient-rich, Fine Loam Soil, which is a mix of all three types of soil with a higher percentage of sand. This helps it drain well while providing the ideal environment for roots to establish themselves and grow their plants, flowers and vegetables.

You can bulk order topsoil of the Fine Loam variety to get a good start on the growing season. This can be a good idea if you do not have the type of soil you want for the plants you want to grow. While some soils are not ideal for certain plants, you can also order topsoil in bulk or mix in some sand or add a layer of decorative garden bark to add nutrients and improve the soil’s drainage ability.

You may also be able to just take advantage of whatever soil you do have by focusing on the types of plants that thrive in that particular type of soil. Here are some ideas for each of the three main types of soil…

Sandy Soil Plants

The types of plants that do well in very sandy soil are usually hardy types that can survive in soil that does not retain nutrients as well as other soil varieties. The brightly coloured Blanket Flower does well in sandy soil, as does Butterfly Weed, Wormwood and Adam’s Needle.

 

Silt Soil Plants

Silt soil is prone to becoming waterlogged, so there are only a few plants that can thrive in that environment while others cannot even survive. If you have very silty soil then try growing some beautiful Japanese Iris, which is known to thrive in watery soil. You can also try growing the adaptable Yellow Iris. Milkweed is another good option, especially if you want to attract butterflies to your garden.

 

Clay Soil Plants

Clay soils tend to be very heavy and compact, and thus it does not drain very well either. There are variants of Bee Balm that do quite well in clay soil, though some other variants of the genus prefer sandier soil. The golden blooms of Black-Eyed Susans are a sight to behold when blooming en masse, and they have been known to do well in clay soil as well as other types. They may struggle if the clay soil has very bad drainage though, but this can be improved with the addition of a little sand or sandier soil.

 

Fine Loam Soil

A natural topsoil used by the best landscapers and groundsmen for a variety of landscaping and gardening purposes, Fine Loam Soil is ideal for seeding and top dressing lawns and flowerbeds.

 

If you are asking where you can buy loose topsoil near me or where can I order topsoil and decorative garden bark, then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921 for more information.