In our last blog, we talked about soil types affecting the availability and uptake of plant nutrients. Sandy soils , which drain quickly, may not have sufficient N, P and K due to leaching, as the water rapidly leaves a sand area. Over the years rains can remove a lot of nutrients from a porous area to the garden. Regular watering is needed to establish new trees and may move materials away also, from sandy planting mix. If you could see a cross section of the soil draining, the water you are applying moves rapidly out of the sand in a more pointed, dagger like profile. Whereas in a soil area with clay, the water applied drains slower, spreading and forming a pear type shape. These soils hold water longer, allowing the nutrients in solution to drain slower and are often more available for plant root uptake. When clay particles are viewed by the electron microscope, we see that they are actually plates, stacked like shingles. Water in between the plates takes longer to drain out and away. Of course, too much compaction with clay can also be detrimental as the water doesn’t drain readily and takes up too much air pore space in the soil, potentially causing root rot. Compacted soils are hard to get water into and may shed the rains, and when saturated are too slow to drain properly. This is when soil amendments need to be done to landscape planting areas prior to planting. However, you do not want to plant anything in low lying areas where water can pool, this is the leading cause of root rot in all plants. When we at Pryor’s Nursery plant our evergreens for your living fence, we add Leafgro organic compost which helps to alleviate some of these soil issues. This helps to ensure you will have healthy evergreens for your living fence privacy screen installation done by Pryor’s Nursery.
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