Soils and Sands in Canberra 2018-10-10T22:07:43+00:00

SOIL AND SAND PRODUCTS IN CANBERRA

Soil and Sand Ranges:

 

I NEED SOME GARDEN MIX TO PLANT MY NATIVE PLANTS, WHAT SHOULD I USE, AND WHY?

Many native plants, particularly those in the Proteaceae family such as Grevilleas, have adapted to nutrient poor Australian soil which are low in Phosphorous, and have the ability to supply themselves with their own Phosphorus. Planting these plants in garden mix that supplies additional phosphorus can be toxic. Sandy River Loam is great for Natives and is low in phosphorus.

 

I WANT TO PLANT NATIVES IN A NEW GARDEN, BUT THE SOIL IS VERY SANDY, WHAT SHOULD I ADD TO IT?

Soil Conditioner, which is suitable for natives, should be added to condition the soil. The product should be incorporated into the existing soil to a depth of 10cm. the final blend should be no greater than 50% compost.

After planting, mulch should be applied to increase moisture holding. We suggest that use our Forest Litter or the Cypress Mulch as its grading and colour are well suited to native gardens.

 

I’M PLANTING CAMELLIAS AND AZALEAS , WHAT GARDEN MIX SHOULD I USE, AND WHY?

Compost Soil is recommended for planting Camellias and Azaleas. In particular, they require rich soils with good drainage which is provided by this product.

 

I NEED TO FILL SOME PLANTER BOXES, WHAT SHOULD I USE?

WSC recommends you use general purpose potting mix, which is an open and free draining mix.

Below a depth of 300mm in planter boxes, we recommend using 20mm river stone which offers greater drainage and stops water-logging at depth.

 

I’M MAKING A VEGIE GARDEN BED, WHAT SHOULD I USE?

WSC recommends our compost soil which has manure added to it. It is great for growing your vegies, and then use either Sugar Cane, Lucerne Hay, Tea Tree or Pea Straw for mulching around your vegies to retain moisture.