Soils & Composts
What is a good Soil? Many people ask this question and it is subjective as various plants require more specific type of soils. Some like more alkaline, or more acidic and some heavier clay based soil. A soil can be considered ‘good’ when it has particular levels of sand, clay, organic matter and silt; generally speaking this is called loam.
We stock three different types of soils depending upon the application of the product will be determined which soil is suitable for you.
Our Blended Soil is a fantastic light-weight product for use in garden beds and lawns. It’s specially formulated and blended with organic fertilisers to create a light weight and well-draining soil with a high nutrient content. It’s easy to spread and doesn’t clump together. It’s made up of the following composition:
• Sandy Loam: 60% • Hardwood Sawdust: 20% • Compost (chicken manure) 10%
• Typical Test results: pH – 6.5-7.5 • Drainage Rate – 30-80mm/hr
Our Screened Top Soil is a sandy loam blend made up of a mixture of soils to create a product that is good for building up areas, turf installation or top dressing.
• Typical Test results: pH – 6.5-7.5 • Drainage Rate – 20-60mm/hr
Our Budget Soil is unscreened soil that is straight out of the ground and put through a screening process to remove some of the building materials. After this process it may still contain a small amount of building material. It’s good for filling up an area or back filling of retaining walls. Depending on the time of the year and the excavation sites will determine the quality of the product. Always best to view the product prior to purchasing.
*Quarry products have natural variances. It is therefore recommended to test and view each product prior to purchasing to ensure it meets your requirements.
Benefits of Composting:
Composting provides you with rich organic matter that does wonders to improve the quality of your garden soil. Whether you sprinkle compost on the surface of the soil or work it in, your garden plants and landscape will grow healthier and stronger thanks to the addition. Your garden benefits from compost in the following ways:
- Incorporates organic matter to feed microorganisms/macroorganisms that maintain a healthy soil food web
- Enriches soil with nutrients for plant growth
- Releases nutrients slowly so they don’t leach away as some synthetic fertilizers do
- Improves soil structure
- Promotes drainage and aeration in clay soil
- Enhances moisture and nutrient retention in sandy soil
- Reduces soil compaction
- Inhibits erosion
- Suppresses soil-borne diseases and pests
- Attracts earthworms, nature’s best soil builders