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I need advice on turning coastal sand into soil for garden planting

I like in Perth down in Secret Harbour only about 2km from the beach and as my house has recently been built I need advice on turning the coastal building sand into decent garden soil.

I was thinking about taking as much of the current sand out and replacing with a lot of good blended soil mixture and turning in some manure like cow or sheep?

The plants I am looking at planting are many grass varieties, bamboo palms, ponytails as these will be transplanted from my parents property. I will also be using half of the back garden as a vege garden.

I will be arranging to install a compost bin at some stage.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Chris

Submitted: 03:28PM, 23 Sep 2016
Answer: Hello Chris,

A very sandy situation indeed! I would recommend you do try to work with what is there rather than replacing it completely, given the plant varieties you will be working with. Consider first whether any salinity issues may be present, if not I would suggest first building up the sand with plenty of compost from a reputable landscape supplier. I would suggest mixing compost with the sand at roughly a 1:1 ratio to begin with. This can be improved from a nutrient point of view with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food.

The vegie garden will require more regular additions of compost. If you do use manures, try to stick to the gentler varieties such as cow, sheep and horse. Allow them plenty of time to break down either in your compost heap or the garden itself, before planting out. That way you can better control the nutrient in the garden with targeted fertilisers such as the Yates Thrive Natural range of liquids.

Throughout the process, keep an eye on soil pH and adjust as necessary with Yates Garden Lime or Yates Liquid Sulfur according to your chosen plants’ requirements.

Regular mulching with a product such as Hortico Water Saving Mulch will contribute to the building up of a better quality soil over time.

All the very best with your new garden! We are online 7 days a week should you have any issues or other inquiries at all along the way.

Kind regards,

Matt
Yates Consumer Advice Horticulturalist

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Answered: 07:34PM, 23 Sep 2016

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