Soil Improvements

Soil Improvements

There are many ways to improve or change the quality of your soil, from using compost or fertilizer to add essential plant nutrients to using a top-dressing to help retain moisture.

In this section, we take a look at some soil improving methods, including step-by-step advice on making your own compost bin, tips on applying fertilizers and how to use lime to reduce the acidity of your soil.

Compost
A look at garden, potting and propagation composts with handy tips on setting up your own composting bin ...
Fertilizers
A look at the different types of fertilizers, along with advice on how to apply them successfully ...
Liming
Tips on adding calcium to raise the pH of your soil ...
Mulches
Organic or inorganic protective layers for your soil; mulches help to repress weeds and retain moisture and heat ...
Top Dressings
Applying a thin layer of peat, sand or gravel to help provide extra nutrients or to improve surface drainage ...